This drill of the week is great fun, a super reaction and decision making drill and we like to use it as part of a warm up to get the hands, eyes and “grey matter” prepared for the intensity of a coaching session or a match.
You can never become too good at catching, right? So this has been a major emphasis as we embark on a new season.
As a fielding coach, I would get so excited when some of the players take their practice on the training ground into match play.
Have you ever thought about the many different ways that a person can move and position themselves ahead of taking a safe catch?
I was taught one way of high catching when I was a young player: The "Aussie" style catch with the hands reversed and the ball taken as high as possible with my hands in front of my face.
It was a great honour and privilege to spend the day talking about fielding and batting with many of the World Cup winning England Women’s team.
I ran an ECB Level III Fielding module yesterday which is always great fun.
I am continuing the throwing theme today with a funky fielding drill that encourages fielders to take calculated run out risks and rewards a group who work together to achieve a series of direct hits!
Nicknames are funny things aren’t they? For me, they encapsulate a given time and a given place as you end up acquiring a number over a playing and coaching career.
Most people know me as “Garas”.
With the season soon approaching, our floodlit Thursday fielding sessions are used to increase our throwing volume and we have been looking at different ways to attack a ball in the deep.
I love it when a new coach comes onto my team, it means that I can start stealing his coaching drills!