Coach for the Tuggeranong Junior Cricket Club
Why do I coach?
I coach Junior Cricket because when I was growing up in Melbourne and playing Junior Cricket it was like a hen yard with all the negativity and bullying you can imagine. I saw some of the weaker kids cop abuse from the bigger kids and coaches alike. This was a major factor in my leaving the game from the age of 13 and not returning for 19 years. Since then I have been making up for lost time and have played 189 games for my club and been recently been inducted as a life member.
Add to this a number of seasons filling in for other clubs and I can say I’ve had a full on cricketing life which has led me to coaching the next generation of players. The opportunity to pass on my love of the game to this new wave of cricketers fills me with the hope that I can bring them toward all the positive facets of Club Cricket, that is making new friends, working as a team, achieving on the field, leadership and above all, having fun. Also I can be watching clos ely for the negatives to rear their ugly heads and be there to stamp them out.
Seeing the look of joy on a youngster’s face when they hit that first boundary or take that first wicket makes all the hours at the nets worthwhile.
See you on the field!
Tuggeranong coach for over 20 years and current u16 to u18 div 1 coach
I enjoy watching the development of the players in a team environment both in terms of skill and mental discipline. In particular with the older players, teaching them the mental discipline needed to succeed as a batsman is crucial. Bowlers also need to develop discipline and patience and I hope I have been able to do that successfully. To hopefully play a part in their development is very satisfying. I like to see the team spirit grow as the season progresses with the players hopefully encouraging each other and helping each other during the tough times. Cricket is a great character builder and this can help through the years in their everyday lives. Of course, winning is a great thing but not as important as the things I have mentioned.
Coach the U18 Div 2 side
I coach the U18 Div 2 side. I started way back in the 2006/07 season as my son Luke enjoys cricket as his summer sport . I am proud to say that from the original team 11 years ago, six of my current U18 side are still with me.
It give me great pleasure to see how my young boys, now young men have improved in all facets of this great game. It also teaches them discipline and patience which is not only good on the cricket field but can be used outside cricket.
I enjoy coaching children and giving what knowledge I have and what I have learnt from playing cricket for over 35 years. Seeing them achieve their goals gives me great joy. As with all team sports there is great comradery. Working as team and encouraging each other is another thing I like.
Assistant Coach Thunder Girls Plate Team, Volunteer Assistant U13 Div 2s
I’m not your usual volunteer. I travel half way around the world from Libertyville, Illinois USA just to bring my youngest two children to play with TVJCC. Last year was the first year we played here. We were so impressed with their sense of community, that we made it a priority to bring them back again. I found myself trying to figure out how I could give back to this wonderful organization that accepted a couple of aspiring American cricketers into their ranks. So I got my community coaching certification, asked if I could be on the TVJCC board, and sought out opportunities to promote the club.
Being able to help young players is such an amazing job. Not only do we focus on cricketing skills, but we talk about discipline, being a good example, treating each other with respect, and such other aspects that take the spirit of cricket from the pitch into the community and into their lives.
Cricket is so much more than a game. It’s about problem solving and teamwork. It’s being able to live by certain standards on and off the field. How awesome to be able to be involved with it.
You all probably wondering who the heck is this bloke?
Well, I started with TVCC as an assistant in Kanga (renamed Have-A-Go / Have-A-Game now In2Cricket) with my then 8 year old son – my main role was crowd control.
The next stage was team manager and eventually coach for his junior team – only problem was I lacked any cricket skills.
I was a reluctant coach but the players needed someone to help them along the way.
It should be noted that at least 2 players in that team went on to play grade (due to their abilities rather than my coaching).
At the same time, I volunteered on the Junior Committee as Treasurer for some 14+ years and then 5+ years at Senior/Club Committee level.
Why did I volunteer when I lacked the cricket skills? – To allow children (including my own) who wanted to play an opportunity to play.
My actions may have allowed a player to try cricket as a “team sport” learning:-
Now hopefully you are thinking I could do the above.
My response is why don’t you try as you have nothing to lose while you gain an opportunity to bond with your children (not be missed) and the chance to show your and other children (by example) - life skills.
Am I a cricket tragic? (No)
Have I played cricket as a team member? (No)
Can I bowl? (Not really)
Can I catch? (Most times)
My only batting skill is the ability to put the ball through the nearest window when I actually connect bat and ball.
Working in hand with other committee members can be a fantastic experience as long as you all pitch in together.
Remember you have nothing to lose by participating, so have a go.