As a coach of our youngest group of cricketing guns my approach is as follows:
1. Keep it simple, giving the players one or two things to focus on each week
2. Maximise enjoyment and fun by ensuring that everyone gets a fair go
3. Respect – teaching our young guns to respect their teammates, the opposition players, the umpires, their equipment and the game in general
4. Community – developing a great group of parents and supporters around the young guns to further enhance the experience
Under 12's - Simon Dresser
Cricket has been a huge part of my life. When I joined the MOCCC as a 12 year old, I didn't realise how amazing this club was going to be. I was fortunate enough to be coached by some true legends of the club. After some time away to start my family, I have returned to find the club still as I remember it; strong sense of community, people looking after each other and a common love of the game. The true health of a club can be measured by the strength of its junior program. My main focus as a coach of the Under 12's is fun, skill development and lifelong love of the game.
Under 14's - Chris Lee
Under 15's - Dirk David
As an old Collegian my cricketing background reflects that of many young men I coach today. I played first XI cricket with the college whilst playing my junior cricket with the club transitioning into senior club cricket whilst playing in the U/14 side. After leaving cricket to pursuit career goals in the late 80's I returned to the club in the mid-90's to play Saturdays whilst captaining a club in the Sunday YCW competition.
My son is a student at the college now so it was a natural progression for him to play at the club and for me to give something back at the same time. I love coaching boys who are passionate about the game, enjoy improving and ultimately realising their potential at whatever level that may be. I believe cricket should be played in a positive, happy and inclusive environment, where the boys can learn about the game and their role within a team structure whilst making lifelong friends along the way. A coach’s role is two pronged, one of technical advice and respecting the traditions of the game, and mentoring - helping to develop good quality young men who are equipped for challenges on the cricket pitch and in life.
I continue to be amazed at the platform the club has put in place to foster our young players of the future. The boys are immersed in a culture of success and self-improvement. The professionalism, dedication and effort that goes into the boys from u/7's to u/17's is first class and I’m really proud to play my small part in the program.
Under 16/1's & Under 17's - John Raymond
After a lifetime of playing the game I love, I now take real pleasure about helping all the youngsters at our club. Obviously teaching them to be better cricketers is a huge part of this role, but the number one aim is to foster a love of the game.
Over the years I have coached my own sons through to senior cricket, and I now have a great job in seeing all the boys I have coached develop within our club structures. Playing with any of these lads is a real thrill.