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American Cricket Federation (ACF) announced the launch of a coach-education system. The ACF coach education system, even if it is not ICC-accredited, will make coaching education more accessible to cricketers in USA who currently depend on coaching clinics facilitated by USACA that are conducted by Cricket Australia. While the frequency of these Cricket Australia coaching clinics has increased in the last two years, they are still sporadic and continue to be out of reach for those seeking coaching skills in most regions.
'As a national governing body for cricket in USA, the American Cricket Federation is properly placed to advocate a single national standard for the cricket coaching certification,' ACF noted in a media release. ACF’s certified coaching accreditation program will also include renewals, recertification and disciplinary enforcements.
The program will organize a minimum of one coach-training event for each of ACF’s member leagues and academies per year, more where practicable and will provide online resources for coaches and employment opportunities for coaches, the release noted. ACF will also maintain a national coaches database.
Jatin Patel, an officeholder at both ACF and US Youth Cricket, a national leader in coach-education and a graduate of Cricket Australia’s Level 2 Coach training program, will lead this groundbreaking initiative. “The ACF coach-education program will make a positive impact across cricket in the USA. Cricket education and its regulation by ACF is a key step forward to better cricket ahead,” said Patel.
“ACF’s initiative will provide many opportunities to existing and potential coaches in the USA, and is also needed to educate and develop new home-grown coaches at all levels. In addition, youth and women’s development programs in USA lacks coaches and this will provide the needed jumpstart in these areas.
“I am looking forward to leading this first-ever American cricket coaching education and certification system, one that will help cricket rapidly expand in America.”
ACF CEO Jamie Harrison said, “We are committed to helping match our trained coaches with volunteer and professional coaching opportunities through the ACF coaching database. As cricket grows in America, this will become a critical resource for coaches and teams alike.
“Cricket in the United States is advancing on all fronts, and the ACF coach-education program is just another example of that progress.”