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Botswana conducts Teacher Training Course

Sat, Aug 20, 2011 10:49 AM

Botswana conducts Teacher Training Course
BCA coaches and participants pose for a group photo
The Botswana Cricket Association conducted a two-day Teacher Training Course at Moshupa, based in the Southern District of Botswana, on the 17 and 18 August 2011. Eleven teachers from four out of the six primary schools located in Moshupa, along with one very interesting aspiring volunteer coach, a Rastafarian goat farmer with a love for cricket, attended this course. The course was run by BCA Head Coach and High Performance Manager, Arjun Menon and BCA Senior Cricket Officer, Obert Musiyamhanje.

Day one commenced with an Introduction to Cricket, with its basic rules, equipment used in cricket, basic umpiring signals and its significance to a cricket match. A brief explanation on the role ICC played as a governing body of cricket, the role of the African Cricket Association regionally and lastly the role of the Botswana Cricket Association domestically was also conducted as for the candidates to get a better grasp on how global the game has become. The three different formats of the game were also explained.

The candidates were then taken out to the field where basic coaching principles were taught to them in the hope then they could use these basic coaching tips and be able to introduce young schoolchildren at their respective schools to the sport of cricket.

This included basic coaching principles for batting (Grip, Stance and Swinging a bat), basic principles of bowling (Grip and Basic bowling action) and lastly basic principles of fielding (Catching and Throwing). These were then followed by fun modified games in which each of these disciplines were used extensively during the course of each game. All the participants got involved in the games and enjoyed themselves immensely. With the introduction of such modified games specific to cricket skills the BCA hopes that by conducting such activities at their respective schools, cricket could also be promoted as a fun activity which should draw more school children into the game.

The participants then ended the day by putting what they had learnt about the basic principles of bowling into practice by each being assigned a student and teaching them how to bowl. Being teachers used to relaying good teaching cues, they performed admirably (goat farmer included) and it was a refreshing sight watching young children trying their best to bowl a tennis ball with a straight arm, showing that they understood the basic mechanics of the skill.

Day two saw the day commence with a short refresher on what was learnt the day before followed by a scoring course. Big A1 sized score sheets were drawn out for this exercise. Once again, the participants did a fantastic job in grasping the more basic aspects of how scoring works and also how important it was to a cricket match. Using scenarios relayed by the head coach, each participant managed to score an over each without too many complications.

The participants then headed out to the field where the teams were split into two teams of 6 players and a 10 over tennis ball cricket match was played. As the match went on, members of the batting team, under direction of the head coach, had to score the match as they watched it and were told to pay specific attention to the umpire as to be able to get the right scores into the sheet.

A second match of 6 overs each was played and this time, they had to score without the aid of the coaches. The participants were once again very proficient and as they found out at the end of the match that batting and bowling figures all tallied up for the total score, were extremely ecstatic that a role as a scorer that was first considered very daunting when introduced to them, was now better understood collectively, even prompting some of the participants to ask if they could do a scoring course sometime in the future.

The course ended with group photographs and also a short question and answer session. The BCA will now be following up with the participants every week and getting them to assist the BCA Cricket Officers when they visit to coach at their respective schools. With continued exposure to basic skills coaching and under the guidance of visiting BCA Coaches, the schools in Moshupa could see a growing involvement in cricket by its young school children due to the dedication of these newly converted cricket coaches.

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