An initiative that was piloted in the 2016/2017 season was the Canterbury Cricket Club Bate Junior Academy (The Academy) named after John Bate - the founder of our Junior club. Due to its success this will continue to be a feature at our club.
The objective of the proposed CCC Bate Junior Academy is to provide an advanced level of training and coaching to junior cricketers that have demonstrated :
The Academy will provide training and coaching based around :
Transition to Senior Cricket
It is proposed that The Academy will train on a Tuesday evening with the senior CCC players. This will give The Academy members exposure to the requirements of senior cricket and the opportunity to train alongside senior cricketers.
An objective of the The Academy is to ensure that the transition from junior to senior cricket is more formally structured and thus reducing the ‘drop off’ between U16 and senior cricket.
The transition to senior cricket presents additional challenges around the number of positions for transitional players in existing teams. A discussion is required in relation to the formation of an additional transition team outside of the current Fourth XI structure.
Individual and Self Assessment
Individual Goals and Skills Development Program
Individual Strength and Conditioning Program
Sample Weekly Session
5 groups of 4 players Grouping - this will be a critical component of success of the sessions.
Engagement and Development of Coaches
In order for the program to be run there is a requirement for a minimum of 4 coaches in addition to the Head of Coaching to run the weekly sessions. The Club aims to have 4 senior players who can be developed as coaches to assist with The Academy and to then further have an involvement in coaching at junior levels. An objective of The Academy is to assist in the development of coaches within the club.
The Academy will likely comprise a mixture of Under 16 and Under 14 players. Total number of squad members is unlikely to be greater than 15 selected players. The selection of squad members is likely to favour more experienced players with consideration being given to the safety of squad members.
Members of The Academy must commit to :
If a player cannot commit to the above then they will not be eligible for selection in the squad.
If a member of the squad fails to adhere to the required time commitment then their position within the squad will be subject to review and possible loss of their position.
The criteria for selection is:
Assessment of Applications