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Canterbury Cricket Coaching Conference 2016

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The Canterbury Cricket Association is delighted to invite you to the 2016 Canterbury Cricket Coaches Conference.

Whether you are working at the community or elite level, the conference is an  excellent opportunity to broaden your knowledge by listening to and interacting with some of the top coaches and practitioners in Canterbury as they explain their approach to preparing and developing players.

Whos Speaking?

Bryan Stronach – NZC’s focus on community and HP coaching

Bryan is the current General Manager of New Zealand Cricket’s High Performance department. His core role is quality control, development and alignment of high   performance teams and programmes within NZC (and major associations).         Alongside this, Bryan sits on the HPSNZ advisory group and leadership cohort. Bryan comes from a strength and conditioning background having held trainer roles with Canterbury Cricket and NZC prior to his GM role.

Bryan will open the conference by providing understanding on why New Zealand Cricket are focusing on community and high performance coaching.  He will identify the five areas of focus for high performance coaching.

Dayle Hadlee – managing bowlers and bowling loads

Dayle needs little introduction. The former BLACKCAPS pace bowler, played  26 tests and 11 one day internationals alongside 100 first class matches. His coaching          credentials are unquestioned having held head coaching roles with the New Zealand Cricket Academy, New Zealand U19 and lead bowling coach of New Zealand Cricket. Prior to accepting his current role at Canterbury Cricket, Dayle was the head coach at the  Dubai based ICC Global Cricket Academy.

Dayle’s bowling discussion will focus on simple, practical measures to ensure your bowlers are        managed effectively throughout a season. Dayle will share with you both his own and current research that offers insights in to loading principles and injury prevention. This discussion is a must if trends in pace bowling injuries are to be reversed.

Neil Tyndall – keeping players on the park

Neil is a strength and conditioning guru. He started his career in nutrition, but with little interest from the public in the area at the time, he quickly moved in to sport    conditioning. Prior to moving to Canterbury, Neil held team trainer roles with; Perth Wildcats, Perth Glory, Western Australia Ballet, Western Reds NRL, Australia Beach Volleyball and Western Australia Cricket. Neil has developed his training repertoire to include massage, Pilates, speed/agility and swim coaching.

Neil’s training philosophy is a simple one – make his athletes as resilient as possible. Their chances of playing and improving rely on them being injury free. Neil’s discussion will be on basic conditioning principles to enhance performance and rehabilitation work to prevent and return from injury.

Dion Ebrahim – the modern youth cricketer

The former Zimbabwean International has recently joined the CCA staff as Performance Coach, having spent five years as Director of Cricket at New Plymouth Boy’s High School. Dion has been quick to immerse himself in the Canterbury culture, establishing a robust high performance programme for our aspiring Canterbury Cricketers.

Dion’s presentation will focus on the ‘modern youth cricketer’. This topic will explore the challenges faced by young cricketers, the attributes sought in the modern game and the evolving landscape of modern cricket.

Andrew Reid – developing the next generation (LTAD)

Andrew is the Talent & Performance ID Coach at Canterbury Cricket. He has been coaching for Canterbury Cricket for over 20 years and has been in his present role for a year. His various roles have seen him primarily working with youth players up to U19. He has been heavily involved with coaching and selection of underage teams at all levels including being involved in ten National tournaments.

Andrew’s discussion will cover guiding principles around Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD),  highlighting key factors and considerations. He will discuss talent selection v talent identification, and share templates developed in these areas. The discussion will have relevance for parents and coaches of youth players and provide a holistic approach to player development, including training strategies to accelerate progress.

Amy Satterthwaite – coaching girls – a survival guide

Amy is the Women’s Cricket Performance Manager at Canterbury Cricket. She began this role in September 2015 and since then has implemented both Junior & Senior Performance Squads for winter and summer training opportunities as well as looking at the current playing and training pathways for our female cricketers. Whilst her coaching career is young, her playing career is well established and continues to grow. She has been in the Canterbury Magicians side for 13 years, the White Ferns for 8 years and recently joined the Tasmania Roar & Hobart Hurricanes. She has plenty of  experience being involved in cricketing programmes, understanding how they are run and has been influenced by multiple coaches over the years.

Amy’s discussion will focus on the differences between coaching males and females at any age. Whilst all cricketers learn the same trade, there are fundamental differences in maximising the potential of both male and female cricketers. Amy will discuss the best ways to communicate with females, provide insight into what motivates them and address the importance of the social aspect for women.

Gary Stead – what your batsmen need at the next level

Gary Stead is the Director of Cricket at Canterbury Cricket and is the Head Coach of the First Class team.  He has been in this role for four seasons. His previous coaching experiences have included coaching the NZ White Ferns for four years, competing in four World Cups and being finalists three times. He has been involved in previous NZ A tours to Australia.  Gary started coaching with Canterbury Cricket in 1990 and has coached across all levels of development and representative cricket. He has  successfully mixed a coaching and playing career and enjoys more than anything now, seeing others work hard and get success.

Gary’s batting discussion will focus on understanding the basics of batting (and the importance of these at all levels), understanding the root cause of mistakes in batsmen and also preparation methods for finding success.  The discussion will have relevance whether you coach young children and are trying to ground some basics or elite level players.  Gary will share his beliefs on what batting success looks like.

The topic he will cover is Batting: getting ready for the next level.  The key themes that will be focussed on in this batting discussion will be understanding the basics of batting and importance of these at all levels, understanding the root cause of mistakes in batsmen and also preparation methods for finding success.  The discussion will have relevance whether you coach young children and are trying to ground some basics or elite level players.  Gary will share his beliefs on what batting success looks like.

John Quinn – thinking differently

John Quinn has been working within High Performance sport for the last ten years supporting teams and individuals performance on a consistent basis through his mental skills programme. As well as Canterbury Cricket, John is currently involved with; New Zealand Rugby, New Zealand Softball, New Zealand Bowls, Tasman     Makos, Crusaders Academy, Canterbury Netball, Golf and Hockey.

Coaches/parents are a key ingredient in sporting success, but they are also one of the reasons that young people drop out of sport. A coach has several key things that they have to coach and one is the love of the game, we want to build lifelong athletes. Creating teams and environments that support young people in their sport is crucial in ensuring that they keep playing. This session will discuss how to provide an environment to ensure the players come back each and every year.


Brendon Donkers – fielding focus

Brendon is in his third year as Canterbury Crickets assistant coach and more         recently has started working in the coach performance area. Brendon has followed a traditional coaching pathway working in the community game before focusing on performance coaching.

Brendon’s discussion will focus on developing and implementing an effective    fielding programme. He will consider the latest thinking and innovation in fielding and share skills and drills that can be implemented at any level of the game. Attitude and enjoyment will be underlying messages throughout this presentation. Your coaching successes and challenges in this area will form part of the discussion.

Time Table

Session   Presenter   Theme   Selection
8.45am Brendon Donkers Introduction All attend
9.00am – 9.30am 1 Bryan Stronach NZC’s focus on community and HP coaching All attend
9.40am – 10.40am 2 Dayle Hadlee

Neil Tyndall

Dion Ebrahim

Managing bowlers and bowling loads*

Keeping players on the park

The modern youth cricketer*

Break (tea and coffee provided)
11.00am – 12.00pm 3 Andrew Reid

Amy Satterthwaite

Gary Stead

Developing the next generation

Coaching girls – A survival Guide

What your batsmen need at the next level*

Break (lunch provided)
12.40pm – 1.40pm 4 John Quinn

Dayle Hadlee

Dion Ebrahim

Thinking differently

Managing bowlers and bowling loads

The modern youth cricketer

2.00pm – 3.00pm  



Gary Stead

Brendon Donkers

Further repeats

What your batsmen need at the next level

Fielding focus

Participant numbers dependant

3.10pm – 3.30pm Brendon Donkers Question and answer with the panel All attend

How to book your place

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Places will be allocated on a first come first served   basis, so to avoid disappointment we recommend that you apply and book your place as soon as possible.  Applications close Monday 1 August.

If you have queries about the event or wish to discuss your booking, contact Brendon Donkers on 021 709059 or 

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