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. 

OCA Coach Pathway:

Coaching Pathway 1

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.

More Information on Coaching Courses:


Foundation Coaching Course

Online Segment:
  • 60-90 Minutes
  • Coaching Children for Fun and Success
  • Group Management, Communication and Feedback
  • Fundamental Movement
  • Basic Cricket Skills

Online Vulnerable Persons:

  • 30 Minutes
  • 3 x Modules

Practical (Club):

  • 60-90 Minutes
  • Basic Skills
  • Coaching Practice


Advanced Foundation Coaching Course

Online Segment:

  • 120 minutes (2 hrs)
  • The Coach
  • The Team
  • The Coaching Plan
  • The Practice
  • The Match
  • Junior Formats: Primary
  • Junior Formats: Intermediate
  • Umpires, laws and scoring

Online Vulnerable Persons:

  • 30 Minutes
  • 3 x Modules

Practical (Club):

  • 180 Minutes (3 hrs)
  • Skills and drills
  • Coaching Practice


Development Coaching Course (Replacing Level 1)

Online Segment:

  • Role of the Coach
  • Coach Philosophy and Planning
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Practice Sessions
  • Umpiring and Scoring
  • Growth and Maturation (combined online/practical
  • Junior Formats: District
  • Coach’s Training Diary (Match, Practice, Log Book)
  • E-Coaching Manual

Online Vulnerable Persons:

  • 30 Minutes
  • 3 x Modules

Practical (MA, some DA):

  • 3 x 180 Minutes (3 x 3 hrs)
  • kills, Drills – Batting, Pace Bowling, Spin Bowling, Wicket Keeping, Fielding
  • Growth and Maturation
  • Coaching Practice (in course and in field)
  • 50 hrs x Coaching



Performance Coaching Course (Level 2)

  • Level 2 will remain in its current form for next season
  • The principle of coach development still applies, i.e. Coaching Practice (in course and in field)


Performance Coach Programme (Level 3)

  • 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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