Coaching Pathway

Coaching cricket is about sharing knowledge and experience, making sport fun, and helping players to reach their potential. Cricket is in need of enthusiastic coaches who are prepared to stay in the game and progress to the higher levels as the players do. The challenge of teaching players individual skills and team strategies, fundamental values and enjoyment of the game are tasks crucial to the continued growth and development of cricket in New Zealand.

Schools and clubs should encourage teachers, parents and volunteer supporters to become involved in coaching. To do this they need to recognise and support the efforts of their coaches and give them every opportunity to attend appropriate coach education courses. This will ensure that they are qualified to confidently and effectively deliver a high quality coaching programme to all players.

Whether coaches are volunteers or professional, novice or elite, New Zealand Cricket acknowledges the critical role coaches play at all levels. To assist coaches progress, a coach development pathway has been designed for beginner through to the experienced coach. It is supported by a comprehensive coach education and accreditation programme which offers coaches a progression of training opportunities and resources to improve their practical skills and knowledge, increase their confidence and enhance their status as coaches.

Membership of the New Zealand Cricket Coaches Association provides a vehicle for coaches to keep in touch, share ideas, stay informed and keep up to date. All cricket coaches are eligible to join the association. Subscription is $30 per year and entitles members to regular newsletters, attendance at conferences, and a free ticket upon application to New Zealand Cricket to either an ODI or a select day of a test match.

Coach pathways - Steps

The development pathway for coaches has five steps. Corresponding with each step is an appropriate New Zealand Cricket coach education course. All the courses at Level 2 and below are provided by the major cricket associations, while the Level 3 course is delivered by New Zealand Cricket. Accreditation at Level 1 and above involves both written and practical assessment tasks, and a prescribed component of coaching experience.

Foundation coaching course

2 hours [Non-examinable]

The Foundation Coaching course is for parents, teachers, volunteers or helpers who organise and coach 5-year-old to 10-year-old students who are participating in the New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket Academy programme.

This is a practical course which will enable you to effectively and confidently organise and run a New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket Academy programme in your club or school. The course focusses on enabling coaches to teach children the fundamental movement and cricket skills through a series of activities, drills and modified games in preparation for their introduction to New Zealand Post Superstar Cricket.

Getting started in coaching a cricket team couching course

4-6 hours [Non-examinable]

This course is designed for the coach, parent, teacher or volunteer involved with organising and coaching 10-18 year old primary, intermediate or secondary students playing junior or youth cricket for their school or a club. It is concerned mainly with how and what to coach a team playing the conventional 11-a-side game.

New Zealand cricket level one coaching course

12 - 16 hours [Examinable] 

This course combines practical sessions and personal study and is intended for those coaches of 11-a-side teams who have some knowledge and/or playing experience of cricket. It should be the minimum qualification for a junior age group or secondary school 1st XI coach. It focuses on planning, the coaching of skills through the principles of biomechanics, and demonstrating an understanding of effective team coaching and the game.

New Zealand cricket level two coaching course

25 - 30 hours [Examinable] 

This course is intended for serious coaches of 11-a-side teams who have an active coaching record and a commitment to coaching. It should be the minimum qualification for youth age group, club or district coach. It concentrates on detailed planning and evaluation, understanding and using the principles of biomechanics to coach, analyse and improve skills, and demonstrating an understanding of the coaching process and effective team coaching, including game tactics.

New Zealand cricket level three coaching course

80 - 100 hours [Examinable] 

This course is by invitation and is intended for elite coaches who have a considerable period of successful coaching experience and a commitment to coaching at a high level. Prior to undertaking the level three modules coaches must complete an entry prerequisite course.


Level One, Two and Three coach qualifications require coaches to complete a minimum number of hours of active coaching. Level Two and Three coach qualifications are subject to regular updating. Updating activities include a practical coaching component, attendance and/or presentation at an appropriate level coaching or refresher course, membership of the New Zealand Cricket Coaches Association and regular attendance at their seminars and conferences.

For information on how to get involved with coaching here in Dunedin contact Will Deerness on Email [email protected]

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