Player Review – Mid Season, Give A Little Feedback

As a coach at the half way point of the season with a little extra time available to properly reflect and contemplate the standard of performances observed and shared so far, it is good practice to consider a little extra feedback for the players in written form.

Using the written form as a reference basis is an important foundation of shared knowledge that further advances the relationship as:

  1. It proves that as a coach, proper thought has gone into the situation.
  2. It allows the player to reference against any notes that they may have made.
  3. It helps to create a mutual bond of shared interest.
  4. The player can share the information with their parents, peers or other coaches for review and discussion.
  5. Other coaches within the structure can use the information for their own guidance and instruction at future sessions.
  6. It removes a common frustration point “I have told you so many times!”
  7. By activating at this time creates less demand in trying to bring everything together at the end of the season, after which there are no more games to view any adjustment.
  8. It gives the player a proper chance to adjust for the remaining games, particularly younger players that may be entering an increased load of representative matches.

Without wanting to over complicate or create a huge burden for either player or coach, there are some fundamental guidelines for the structure of the review document:

  1. Overall, it must fit onto one page, unless there are extenuating circumstances to expand.
  2. Use the club / team logo at the top of the document, include date and players name.
  3. Configure in table format.
  4. Read, research and understand the performance data available eg: MyCricket

Then segment into different sections as per the following suggestions (I tend to use no more than five {5} plus a section for player comments):

  1. Performance Overview – summary statistics with reference to scoring range, dismissal types, maidens bowled, strike rate etc.
  2. Performance Standard – view of what has been achieved at the level played, comment on key issues either good, average or improvement required / expected.
  3. Training & Preparation – note what has been the focus to date and what else can be done or included. Shift the responsibility to the player accepting elements to concentrate on that they can complete either within structured drills or their own time.
  4. Areas To Improve – based on the player type and role, be as specific about this as possible and where applicable include a measurement eg: lbw dismissals, econ rate, partnership involvements etc.
  5. What Next – achievable targets for the player to factor into the remaining games that if accomplished will be of benefit to player and team.

As a guide please find below a few examples of completed documents for reference and activation as necessary.

Adam Bull Jan 2014

Player Review


Ian Chappell - My World Of Cricket  Mother Cricket



About Andrew Walton

Cricket exposure as a player, coach, fan, observer, analyst & tragic! Coached at Melbourne Cricket Club, Prahran Cricket Club. Premiership player and coach at South Yarra Cricket Club ~ Home of The Vincibles! Academy coach at Karnataka Institute of Cricket, Bangalore.
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