Zeller, Australian Women's Coach
World's exclusive interview with Brad Zeller, the Australian Women's
Indoor Cricket Team's coach, continues.
Cricket World: What is the single most important skill
a good coach needs?
I believe having the ability to communicate is extremely important.
I know of quite a few coaches that have the teaching of skills
down pat, but when it comes to explaining them it sometimes falls
what advice would you offer to anyone contemplating becoming involved
in coaching Indoor Cricket?
advice I would offer is don't go into it unless you are prepared.
You can't bluff the players forever, and if you try you will come
out looking the fool and lose all of their respect. Once that
is gone you have no chance. And learn as much as you can (ICW:
see next question). Also do not apply for the Women's
position, (only kidding).
we announced you would not be travelling to South Africa for last
year's World Cup, Alan Hughes, the England Women's coach, stated:
"Brad was a superb coach but at the end of the day they
(the Australian Women) could be led by Snoopy and still have a
chance. Where it might tell is if things don't go according to
plan in South Africa as the new Coach won't have Brad's experience."
This was very high praise for both yourself and the Women's
team, but it leads onto the question:
is the coach to a top-class indoor cricket team like the Australian
best sides always get asked this question--in fact, some high
profile players in other sports have even questioned it.
A coach has so many different roles. With our sport, we don't
have the luxury of unlimited dollars to buy specialist coaches
etc,. so I learn as much as I can about diet, specific skills,
psychology and the like. I see my role being a little different
for each player I encounter. Keeping players focused is a main
concern, and as was proved at last year's World Cup, anyone can
be beaten on any given day. The mens team has lost a couple recently
too, and has had a lot of very close games in the last couple
of years (ICW: The Australian men won the right to play
in the World Cup Final by just one run over South Africa, for
example). The gap is closing on the Australian men and women,
so more than ever a coach is paramount to their continued success.
All players, no matter how good they are, may go through lean
times--whether mentally or with form (or most often both), and
need somebody with the ability to help them. I doubt Snoopy has
what does the coach of the Australian Women's Indoor Cricket team
do when he is coaching his team?
being too specific: I try to cover all areas of indoor cricket.
For example: skills, fitness, and working on improving the mental
approach of individuals and the team, to just name a few.
let's get down to brass tacks here . . . what exactly do you
do during a game, as coach of one of the teams playing?
far as during the game goes, I do not get involved.
involved at all?
not involved at all--if I have not prepared the team properly
before the game then I won't have an impact once they take the
court. I put full trust in the captain of the side and all tactics
and situations that may arise are hopefully thought about and
discussed with her beforehand. I am getting better at just watching
games, but a couple of years ago when Queensland had a close game
in the preliminary final against Victoria, I wasn't coping really
well. There was a vacant court next to the game, so to release
some pressure I decided to have a bowl. It's probably the fastest
I have ever bowled (and that's still not quick mind you).
be continued . . .
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