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By Peter Della Penna
Cricket is about to begin its fourth season as a varsity sport in the
New York City Public Schools Athletic League and due to the growth of
the league, more teachers and coaches need training to keep up with
student demand. ICC Americas Performance Officer Andy Pick traveled down
from Toronto last week to conduct the first of two coaching sessions
at Aviation High School in Long Island City, giving valuable insight
and skills training to about 25 teachers.
“Quite a few of them obviously are pretty new to cricket,” said Pick.
“Session one was more of a technical session which sort of revolved
very much on things like grips, stance and backswing from a batting
point of view, teaching the basic action bowling wise, basic catching,
basic throwing, basic keeping.” The first session took place on March 16
and Pick will be returning to New York on Tuesday to conduct the second
“I’m just going to give them some drills, games and stuff like that
that will help them give them some ideas for actually implementing those
skills,” said Pick. According to Pick, all teachers who complete both
sessions will receive an “ICC – Introduction to Cricket” course
certificate to recognize their participation. Afterward, they'll be able
to share their acquired knowledge with students and players.
While there are no other courses currently scheduled to take place in
the USA, Pick says the door is always open for him to visit other
schools who are interested.
“Ultimately it’s down to USACA to request these courses,” said Pick.
“The way it’s got to work is that the New York Region approach USACA and
USACA approach the ICC and that’s why it’s come through and then we
make arrangements to come in and do the course. If other regions or
other school bodies who are affiliated to USACA get in touch with USACA
and put in a request and then USACA request it from us, then we’ll do
our best to fulfill that request. We just wait for requests to come in