USACA are hoping significantly grow participation in cricket at junior and youth age groups. To do this it is critical to up-skill volunteers, coaches and teachers in how to promote the fun and enjoyment from being involved in cricket.
This page has a number of useful links and resources for volunteers, coaches and teachers to add to your coaching skill-set!
Requesting a Coach Education Course
USACA is currently reviewing its coach education system with a vision to educate significantly more coaches across America in 2013 and beyond. This focus is especially for coaches and teachers who will work with junior / youth cricketers in schools and clubs.
If your school, district, club or league would like to educate a group of coaches, and can guarantee more than 20 coaches in attendance and a course venue, USACA will work with you to try and resource the course with a qualified educational trainer.
Please note not all request may be able to be met in the timeframes requested and there will be a fee per participant (or course) to cover course expenses.
Junior Coaching Resources
Please find below a number of useful links to coaching / teaching manuals and activities that can be used to promote fun cricket skill development for kids.
- The ICC Teach Cricket Manual has a number of different skills and activities for teaching cricket here
- The ICC Development Program also has a 'Participation Pathway Guide' that has useful tips / considerations for age appropriate activities for your cricket program
- Cricket Australia's Milo in2Cricket is a great entry-level program for kids aged 5 – 12. Some activities you could use in your programs are outlined in the Coordinator's Manual and Game Cards available here
- New Zealand Cricket also have some very useful modified games / activities available for coaches here
Junior/Youth Cricket Activities Video
- Cricket Australia has some great instructional videos for junior cricket activities. These games vary from warm up games, fielding activities to modified cricket matches. All have a focus on skill development and fun! Click here to see the videos
- Cricket Victoria also has a great suite of videos for modified games and skill development activities for junior and youth cricketers here
- Cricket Victoria also has some more advanced coach education videos on Batting, Bowling, Fielding and Wicket-keeping here
- The Marylebone Cricket Club has some great videos for teachers and students in their 'Chance to Shine' resources. These videos use the Spirit of Cricket to teach a number of important life lessons. Please click here to view videos