How to Introduce Agility Training to Your Kids
As previously discussed agility training is an essential part of the LTAD Fundamentals Stage and it plays an important role in preparing kids for a successful career in cricket. Correct technique is essential in this sport, add this to the ammunition of a well developed athlete and you’ve potentially got a star on your hands.
What is Agility and Why is it Important In Cricket?
It is the ability to change direction and body position in a fast and efficient manner, whilst maintaining good balance and control. A cricketer with greater agility will have better reflexes and will respond to situations in a faster time, giving them the edge in a game situation.
If we take batsmen for example, they need to be able to respond to the ball that is being delivered to them. Each ball can be differing in speed, line, length and it could be swinging in all different directions. Batsmen need to adjust their bodies and use good footwork to give them the best chance of playing the correct shot. Another good example is wicketkeeping where the person behind the stumps has to react quickly to stumpings, catches, run outs etc. Again, good reflexes and footwork are required by wicketkeepers and that goes for fielders and bowlers too.
What Agility Training is Good for Kids to Help Them Improve Their Cricket?
Introducing agility ladders, jumping over small obstacles and having kids weave between cones can be a good way of improving agility. However it depends on the group of children, some may not enjoy such activities and remember that having fun is key to success at the early stages. There are a number of games that can be played, such as dodgeball, which require fast movements and changes in directions. A coach can be imaginative in creating such training, as long as these movements are introduced and the session is carried out safely
I usually have a box of different coloured cones and ask the player to stand in the centre of them. When I shout a colour the player then steps and touches the corresponding cone, I can make it as intense or as easy as I feel appropriate. This particular drill is useful for wicketkeepers.