Central to coaches at every level is that good coaching is all about the participant and the process to deliver the support they need to enjoy cricket, and to fulfill their potential at whatever level that may be.

Some players want nothing more from cricket than an opportunity to socialise and stay healthy. Other individuals may gain real benefits and satisfaction from competing at club, school or district level while some players have a strong desire to progress and achieve sporting success at highest levels.

Whatever the players motivation, coaches have an opportunity to influence them positively.

Whether you are a first-time coach helping out at your local school or club, or coaching the BLACKCAPS or WHITE FERNS, all coaches have the opportunity to have a positive influence on the individuals they coach.

You can have an important impact with our New Zealand cricketers of the future — whether by assisting with fundamental skills, allowing players to learn by providing a variety of experiences, or by instilling the love of the game in your players.

I wish you all well in your future coaching endeavours, whatever level that may be.

Mike Hesson

Coaching courses

Foundation Coach

The Foundation Coaching course is for parents, teachers, volunteers or helpers who organise and coach 5-year-old to 10-year-old students who are participating in the New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket Academy programme.

This is a practical course which will enable you to effectively and confidently organise and run a New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket Academy programme in your club or school. The course focusses on enabling coaches to teach children the fundamental movement and cricket skills through a series of activities, drills and modified games in preparation for their introduction to New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket.

Coaching a Cricket Team Coach

The Coaching a Cricket Team course is for the coach, parent, teacher or volunteer involved with a primary, intermediate or junior club team or a year 9/10 secondary school or club youth team.

This is a three hour course for coaches to learn how and what to coach a team playing and practicing the 11-a-side game or a modified format (eg 8-a-side) played with a hard ball (traditional cricket ball).

Level 1 Coach

The Level 1 course is for the coach of 9-18 year old primary, intermediate or secondary students playing junior or youth cricket for schools, clubs or districts in 11-a-side teams. The coach should have some knowledge and/or playing experience of cricket.

This course focusses on detailed planning and evaluation, understanding and using the principles of biomechanics to coach, analyzing and improving skills, understanding the coaching process and effective coaching, including tactics.

Level 2 Coach

The Level 2 course is for coaches of 11-a-side teams who have an active coaching record and a commitment to coaching. They will be coaching or identified to coach DA senior teams, senior club teams and school 1st XI’s or MA underage teams. The course concentrates on detailed planning and evaluation, understanding and using principles of biomechanics to coach, analyzing and improving skills, understanding the coaching process and effective team coaching, including game tactics.

Level 3 Coach

This is a High Performance Course designed for NZC’s elite and professional coaches who are active and practicing in the High Performance area. Acceptance onto this course is by invitation only. 

Major Association coaching contacts

Auckland Cricket
Adrian Dale

Northern Districts
Pat Malcon

Mark Borthwick

Central Districts
Craig Ross

Brendon Donkers

Will Deerness


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