What an 8-9 year-old can do
- Have much greater stamina
- Show more interest in organized team games
- Be able to differentiate left from right
Basic coaching plan for grade 0- 3 pupils – by the Neil Hosken Coaching Academy
10 minutes: Bowling exercise – bowling at a single stump in pairs. Giving the coach opportunity to correct style and problem areas.
10 minutes: Fielding exercise – basic catching, throwing and advanced techniques for better fielding.
10 minutes: Batting – 'shadow shots' where children practice basic shots used in a match, coach uses these basic shots to correct any flaws in grip and technique of pupil. The more advanced the group, the more advanced the shots.
30 minutes: Match play – here the children must apply the 3 main skills learnt in the first half of the lesson in a match situation.
How you can help
Focus on individual strengths – if a child is not interested in team sports, help develop other talents or individual sports – like gymnastics, ballet or swimming.
Throughout all activities, always ensure a balance between learning and fun.
For more information call the Neil Hosken Coaching Academy on (031) 201 5609 or e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org