SMCC indoor cricket courses - Autumn term 2019 & Spring term 2020
A soft-ball training session (2018/19).
SMCC indoor training cancelled due to latest government advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
SMCC indoor training is now cancelled across all sections (junior and senior) until further notice. This is because of the government advice issued 16th March to avoid unnecessary contact in order to delay the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation and await updates from sporting and government bodies. Keep an eye out for emails and sign up to the club Facebook group for the latest information. In the interim, we hope our members remain healthy and we encourage you all to reach out to fellow members, particularly those who may be over 70 and/or vulnerable.
Autumn 2019 and spring 2020 indoor cricket courses
Details of our Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 indoor training courses are in the Google document embedded in the page below. You can click on the doc below or click here to open it as a Google Doc.
Please read the information below carefully before booking, to ensure you book into the most appropriate course, that you know the course dates, the venue and so on. Also please note that cricket is not a risk-free activity. By booking with 360 Cricket you are accepting that there is a risk of injury to your child while taking part in cricket.
When courses are full, they will no longer be bookable on the 360 Cricket website.
A hard-ball training session (2018/19).
If you are new to the club and would like to try a session before committing, please contact 360 Cricket to request a free taster session. Let them know the session you want your child to join and the dates you can attend.
We do not hold any places. All bookings are on a 'first paid first served' basis. If there are spaces left on the course after your taster session, then you can book in to the remainder of the course.
If the course if full, you can still attend a session with a view to booking future sessions.
You do not need to have full protective kit for a hard-ball taster session. Coaches will facilitate the borrowing of kit if necessary. Please note that we cannot guarantee the safety of borrowed kit such as helmets, however.
Low income parents
SMCC as a club has an "ability to pay is not a barrier to play" policy. We don't want being on a low income to make it impossible for any child to play cricket. If you are on a low income and would like to request fees that are more affordable to your circumstances, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If paying in a single instalment will be difficult for you, please contact 360 Cricket to request payment in 2 instalments and they will be happy to provide this option.
If you are only able to bring a child every other week (or similar) we will be happy for your child to attend only those sessions and for the fee to be reduced accordingly. Please contact 360 Cricket to arrange this.
Sharing of data between SMCC and 360 Cricket
Please be aware that when booking with 360 Cricket, some of your data will be shared with the club for the purposes of us running junior cricket and keeping you informed of junior cricket at the club. Read more on our Data Protection page.
What is a typical indoor training session like?
Training sessions generally follow the ECB’s recommended best practice, for example for a session for young beginners might look like this:
- Short, highly active warm-up (for example,. a team-based throwing/catching game)
- Focused demonstration and practice on learning and practising 1-2 particular skills (for example, driving at a ball placed on a tee)
- Using the skill in a more varied, more game-like, but still controlled practice activity (for example, players work in pairs; one feeds the ball for the other to practice driving)
- Match-like activity (for example, two teams playing competitive ‘tip and run’ cricket with bonus runs for hitting the ball straight)
- Cool-down and recap/evaluation talk from coach
However, sessions tend to be tailored to the needs of the players attending, and are varied in format to keep them interesting. Our coaches also keep up with the latest developments in coaching best practices and have recently been moving towards running more game-based learning than skills drills.
What skills will players learn at indoor training?
Both indoor and outdoor training will cover core all skills and will incorporate game-based practice. Even in the youngest age groups, we aim to teach all of the players a full range of cricket skills. Coaches will usually focus on one or two key skills per session, gradually covering a full range of skills over the course. New players also pick up much of their understanding of the game by watching and copying their more experienced squad-mates. Of course, the more cricket that players play, the more skilled they will become. Cricket is a fairly easy game to learn, but usually takes years to master.
Will courses be cancelled if there are not many kids booked into a course? Can I book mid-way through a course?
All courses will definitely run.
We expect to continue to take bookings during the courses. The amount to pay will be adjusted in the system each week so that if you are joining part way through the course, you will pay only the remainder on a pro-rated basis.
Robbie holding an end of session recap with one of our winter training groups.
Our coaching partners, 360 Cricket
360 Cricket is owned and run by Robbie Gunn and Lloyd Edwards - two very experienced junior cricket coaches. 2020 will be our fourth year of working with Robbie and we're delighted to see 360 Cricket continue to grow and provide an increasingly excellent coaching programme year on year.
Robbie and Lloyd have worked as professional cricket coaches at various clubs and schools for many years. Robbie has led Surrey's Pride Of Lions courses and has coached a pro-am T20 franchise team that included England players Monty Panesar and Liam Dawson. Lloyd is a qualified PE teachers who has worked in schools for several years. Robbie and Lloyd both playing in the Surrey Championship Premier Division - the highest level of club cricket in the Surrey area.
360 Cricket bring with them a number of great coaches, several of whom have played and/or coached at county level, some who are multi-sports coaches in schools. 360 Cricket are also great at involving some of our parents and Young Leaders who assist with coaching.
We plan for a maximum coach:player ratio of around 1:7, but the ratio in 2018/19 will probably be closer to 1:5 on average across all sessions.
Free training for players at state schools in year 6-10 at MCC Foundation Hubs
If your child attends a state school and is in years 6-10, we recommend you try to get a place on one of two local MCC Foundation Hub training courses, which are free of charge.