The secret of being a good bowler is to have a consistent bowling action that you can repeat under all conditions. This results in having control over where the ball goes, which of course is vital if you want to build up pressure on a batting side and take wickets, as well as keep runs down.
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Cricket is truly a global game—more than 100 cricket-playing countries are recognized by the International Cricket Council. That is more than double the number of participating countries of 15 years ago. Written by renowned cricket expert Ian Pont, Coaching Youth Cricket takes this popular global game and enables coaches at all levels to develop young cricketers and help them foster a lifelong passion for the game.
Coaching Youth Cricket features explanations, photos, and illustrations depicting the various drills and skills of cricket, including fielding, bowling, and batting. Also included are chapters devoted to helping coaches communicate with players, understanding rules and equipment, keeping practices fun and motivating, ensuring safety, and teaching cricket skills.
The long-standing Coaching Youth Sport series has helped hundreds of thousands of coaches lead their teams to success. This new entry in the series is an ideal resource for cricket coaches at all levels.
Chapter 1. You, a Youth Cricket Coach?
Chapter 2. Communicating as a Coach
Chapter 3. Understanding Rules and Equipment
Chapter 4. Providing for Players’ Safety
Chapter 5. Making Practices Fun and Practical
Chapter 6. Teaching and Shaping Skills
Chapter 7. Coaching Fielding
Chapter 8. Coaching Bowling
Chapter 9. Coaching Batting
Chapter 10. Coaching on Match Day
Chapter 11. Developing Season and Practice Plans
Ian Pont has been appointed Bowling Coach to the Bangladesh National Team. He played first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire and Essex from 1981 to 1988. Pont has been the specialist bowling coach for many professional cricket teams, including Kent, Northamptonshire, Essex, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. He has also been a coach involved at the international level with England (2003) and Netherlands (2005-2007). He holds a level 3 UKCC head coach qualification and is currently an ECB national skills set coach and Northamptonshire bowling coach. Ian is also head coach of the International Cricket Camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, which takes place each December and features world-class coaches such as Gary Kirsten, Graeme Pollock and Jimmy Cook. This camp is now regarded as the very best of its kind for developing technical and mental skills for fast bowling and batting.