The Holy Grail of Development

We all know how powerful sport is for early childhood development, Cricket is one of the most unique sports in the world and provides a much greater scope that many other sports with regards to development. Whether you love it or hate it, whether it is exciting or completely boring, Cricket should be the first…


What Daryll Cullinan, Neil Mackenzie & Paddy Upton taught me about pre-school cricket coaching

With Daryll – Precision and attention to detail.  While working at the Daryll Cullinan center for 3.5 years I grew tremendously in my knowledge of coaching, technical base, philosophical approach at getting the best out of athletes and then putting all of that together to produce amazing cricketers. Daryll was such a flary batsman, and…


The 7 skills cricket develops for preschoolers

Let’s not waste time, so let’s dive straight in: 1 – Gross & Fine Motor development It is no secret that more and more children are lacking in muscle tone, spacial awareness and coordination. there are some factors giving rise to this such as additional screen time, both parents working, small living spaces and safety….

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When Parents fail their children

This may seem harsh as all parents never set out to fail or harm their children, but i see this happen more often than not, I see this at preschool level and at high school level. when parents focus more on winning than development, when they play the victim card or cry “injustice” instead of…

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Positive Environment

If you want to be an effective coach, no scratch that, if you want to be an effective parent and human being, your language may be the defining factor. We generally look at this topic is linear and simple; however, we could be speaking English to each other and not communicate at all. Our language,…


The Power of Role Models

Pre-schoolers have their whole life ahead of them, their dreams are all achievable and unfiltered. Where do these dreams come from? Their belief comes from seemingly tangible experience that haven’t been corrupted by negative life experience. Has your child ever come home and told you indefinitely what they will be when they are all grown…

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Active kids become Academic kids

Studies have shown that children that spend their time running around and climbing tree’s outside actually perform better academically than children that sit in front of the TV every day. Now I have mentioned in a previous post the importance of watching cricket on the TV for learning purposes, however even that should be in…


Basic over technical

Many parents that are interested in Cricket are often the parents that played it at school, and I have found that the parents that are more involved in their child’s cricket, are often the parents that played at a high level – first class cricket, or played for their province in their school years. And…

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Imagination is your ally

Giving rise to visualization  Pre-schoolers are often in their own little world, you give your little girl a doll, they start role playing being a mother – they feed the doll, they clothe the doll, they sing to the doll to make it go to sleep. You give your little boy a spider man figurine,…

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Fun is First

I have coached for many years, and I have coached many ages groups. Children as young as two and a half, and the biggest most important function when coaching this age is to keep it fun. Now fun takes many forms, and the goal is to define it through your child’s eyes. Fun for some…