Coaching kids gives Hornets players a boost
COACHING kids at cricket is proving as beneficial for the Ipswich Logan Hornets as it is for the players they are coaching.
This year the Ipswich Logan Hornets have taken over the winter coaching program from the Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association (IWMCA).
The program features about 100 children from under 12s to emerging hornets and including girls.
They meet once a month for the six months of the cricketing off-season at West Moreton Anglican College (WestMAC).
Wayne Bichel, who is junior development officer for both the Hornets and IWMCA cricketing bodies, is delighted with the way the program is progressing.
On Sunday about 80 children took part in coaching drills led by senior Hornets players such as player/coach Geoff Paulsen, Brent Potbury and David Lyons.
"The Hornets saw the value in it," Bichel said of why they have taken over the program.
"Particularly from Geoff's point of view, if his players a re coaching other it is helping their development as well."
Having the Hornets first graders there also provides the young cricketing students with a boost, demonstrating to them that playing in Queensland's premier grade competition is a realistic prospect.
"It emphasises the pathway by making it real for the kids," Bichel said.
And while it may be the middle of the footy season, Bichel sees it as the ideal time for kids to hone skills and improve techniques.
It means they can hit the ground running once the cricket season starts, which is particularly important given much of the representative season takes place before Christmas.
"We see winter time as the best time to help them with their skills," Bichel said.