11 February 2003

Age 9-10

Children this age will be self confident in their physical abilities, and will test their strengths. Although their fitness levels can improve, children this age lack the necessary hormones for large muscle development.


Children this age learn how to vary the direction in which they hit the ball with the bat.

What a nine to 10-year-old can do

  • Have quicker reaction times
  • Have improved balance, coordination and reaction skills
  • Have the ability to master complicated sequences

How you can help

  • Offer energy foods – offer quick but healthy snacks such as a glass of milk, fruit juice, a peanut butter sandwich, bananas, nuts and raisins or cereal bars
  • Create an active routine – encourage the child to walk or ride to school and help with physical duties at home

Practice plan for nine to 10-year-olds – by the Neil Hosken Coaching Academy

As the boys get older they start to play 'hardball' cricket. They will now be playing 11-a-side cricket and will practice in a team.

Lessons are taken in the nets where each child is given a period to bat, while the remaining boys bowl. Nets should be divided into strong and weak groups so as to have strength on strength as much as possible.

Time must be set aside for fielding where catching, stopping and the basic concepts of fielding are practiced until done with ease.

Lessons should alternate between nets and a pitch practice, where boys practice under match circumstances. The coach must use this time to coach fielding positions as well as basic game strategy.

For more information call the Neil Hosken Coaching Academy on (031) 201 5609 or e-mail them on




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