“Fun but challenging!”
With the announcement of preseason nets, everyone is getting excited about the return to Premier cricket for West. How is the coaching going to look this year?
West of Scotland had an amazing year last year thanks to the commitment and passion of the core players (and I count anyone who plays regularly for any team as a core player), the growth of the coaching team from one to five, and the focus on “improving not proving”.
2018 is going to follow on by training the West Way.
What do I mean by that?
In previous years we have worked hard to build a culture we all agree is the “West Way”.
We strive. We respect. We enjoy. We commit. We inspire each other and we remember the legacy we are leaving. These are not things we say, these are things we do every time we wear the Roon.
Most of all, we find a way.
The West Way.
So this year is all about making the West Way feel Premier League from top to bottom again.
And in training that looks a lot like nets that are fun but challenging.
It means less technical work and drilling and more real, gritty, imperfect but effective methods to score runs and take wickets.
It means more game-based sessions that build your game-head skills.
It means more failure (because failure is the best way to learn).
It means feeling engaged and challenged by sessions; being out of the comfort zone but doing it anyway.
It means understanding what we do well and making them super-strengths by pushing them harder.
It means always working towards knowing your game inside out - even under stress, even in imperfect conditions - and taking responsibility for yourself, and everyone else to say “we do things this way here”.
It means enjoying our time together as a team and as a club. Even the painful parts!
That’s how we do it. That is the West Way.
Now is the time to show how much we can make it shine.
Updated 15:47 - 10 Jan 2018 by David Hinchliffe