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Old February 21, 2012, 03:17 AM
PoorFan PoorFan is offline
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Ex coach Ian pont sent a message to BC via E-mail, since he was unable to login.

As a coach you can only prepare a player for playing. The more time you have and the more you work one to one with them, the more you can help them change.

In T20, clearly there is little time. As a head coach as well, you don't specifically coach but MANAGE. As a specialist coach (batting, bowling, fielding) you are more targeted and have a clear role.

But however long you have with a player and however much you do with them, it is down to the player themselves to execute the skill.

A coach can make big differences with skill levels and developing a player to be able to be far better. But whether they deliver what they have practiced is the player's own execution.

When a player does what he has learned, when he bowls the ball where he has practiced or hit the ball how the coach has trained it, then credit goes to the player for executing it under pressure. If he cannot deliver that skill he has learned then all the coaching on the planet will not help him.

Ultimately, it is about the players and how they act when the heat is on. A coaches role is to prepare them and skill them for that. Coaches work hard developing new things, improving standards and helping with levels of effectiveness. We are trainers and teachers of skill. And you know how effective a good teacher can be.

But if the players do not do well, if the pupils fail the exam, if the professionals play like amateurs - then the coach can only watch like a fan, and feel the same as a fan.

Coaches cannot play FOR the players. They can simply skill them. The rest is down to the player to execute what they have learned.

I hope that is clear.

Naturally, when a player does well, ALL the staff are delighted the training, preparation and planning comes off. if you have never played the game or coached the game it is hard to appreciate the dynamic behind this.

Ultimately, you can't make a silk purse out of a cow's ear. Coaches mold a player to be as good as they can. Whether they listen and apply it is all down to the player. We are simply here as coaches to offer help, advice and make changes - if the players want that.

Some players do and also apply what they learn. These go on to be the better players. Some don't and end up as average players. No coach can force a player who doesn't want to try harder or learn. Think back to your own school days!

I hope this helps. Cricket is complex and human emotions even harder to understand. Players take full responsibility for their actions on the field. They are the ones out there doing it, after all.
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