BCCI partners with Australian body to create uniform training system

In its attempt to create uniformity in the training system across grades, BCCI has partnered with the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) to create a pool of world-class coaches (S&C coaches) in the country. Recently, BCCI formed its sports science section at the National Cricket Academy, which is headed by former national team chief physiotherapist Dr Nitin Patel. They have now come up with the concept of creating a program that will “increase the knowledge base of fitness trainers at all BCCI levels”.

The concept note that BCCI shared with the trainers of the state unit, which is in the possession of PTI, it is understood that the idea is to ensure that from U-19s (male and female) to the teams of State seniors and then to the national teams, the same training module is to be followed by the teams.

“A lot of times we see that at state level, strength and conditioning training is completely different from what there is in Indian U-19, A or senior teams. This course will create enough S&C coaches, who will then be able to follow the program at state level as well,” a former India A coach, familiar with the developments, told PTI on condition of anonymity.

He then cited how some state teams have a completely different idea of ​​S&C training than what the national team or the NCA follows.

“Let me give you an example from this season of Ranji. BCCI had sent a memo to all state teams stating that the YoYo test (aerobic endurance fitness test) and 2k run, which were previously used as fitness metrics, are no longer mandatory after the full season -COVID starts and we don’t know the lung capacity of the players.

“Also at DDCA, Rajkumar Sharma and his coaching staff have used YoYo as a metric to decide who are eligible candidates as the world recognizes that it is not a metric to judge cricketing fitness,” a- he declared.

The idea is to have such a training program where there is less interference from old school coaches in some state teams, whose idea of ​​S&C training is still archaic.

In line with the BCCI-ASCA link, this will be a three year course with Year 1 being the ‘Cricket Specific S&C Beginner Program’ followed by Year 2 which will have the ‘Cricket Specific S&C Intermediate Program and the final Year-3 will have an “Advanced Cricket Specific S&C Curriculum”.

In accordance with the program requirements, 114 candidates (potential S&C trainers) from 38 affiliated units will attend the course, along with six miscellaneous candidates, making a total of 120 candidates.

“Two male S&C coaches and 1 female coach per BCCI-affiliated unit will participate in the program for ‘year-round mentoring through the NCA Central Team.’ 114 candidates will be taught by six professionals and will begin in July with a 2-day hybrid program,” a BCCI source shared.

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It is understood that during the onsite program, 20 State S&C Coaches will be mentored by an NCA Central Team S&C Coach. Thus, 120 candidates will have six of these coaches.

“The plan is to have year-round mentorship so we have a strong group of S&C coaches in both men and women,” the source said.

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