Guiding Principles – Pillars of Preparation

The extremely early phases of preparing for a new season can be a good time for the rested mind of the coach to run wild with new ideas, activities and drills.

If this is the case, brilliant. Write everything down, draw sketches and stick images. Move objects around the table or desk. Allow your thought patterns to roam with freedom while the clutter of the season normal is far in the distance.

What I have always found of value over many seasons is to apply some guiding principles that this early preparation can revolve around. These are the “Pillars of Preparation” that focus on four key elements:

  • BASE Fitness
  • Communication
  • Knowledge
  • Balance

Pillars of Preparation

A little further elaboration as follows:

Understand that all players are at different levels but must attain a BASE level of fitness gained from movement with a set volume reported at end of each month (June, July, August). Regular fitness tests that are measured to evaluate improvement and status.

Individual and group communications – personally direct, visual and written on relevant information and feedback. Expectation of ongoing open communications within and across all levels of the group by any method to help each other improve and understand.

More than cricket within the club, learn from others. Read, watch and listen from all resources available. Become better and smarter at making decisions through improved knowledge and fully reflecting upon experience within and with others.

Share time with family and friends. Use own time to further develop skills. Maintain contact with club of origin. Gain wisdom, insight and skills from those around.

Any coach wanting to discuss this in further detail, please feel free to connect.


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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