New Captain Advice
Advertise on CBF

Pages: [1] 2 3

Author Topic: New Captain Advice  (Read 1694 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

kenbriooo

  • International Captain
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1311
  • Trade Count: (+2)
New Captain Advice
« on: January 18, 2018, 08:38:31 PM »

I'm sure there will be a number of forum members who will be taking on the captaincy role for the first time in this coming season. I'll be leading the troops out for the first time in league cricket. So what tips (sensible or otherwise) would other captains or players offer all those new captains already planning their net sessions and formulating their ideal XI's for the upcoming season?
Logged
"We’ll get them in singles" - George Hirst

RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie

  • Forum Sponsor
  • Forum Legend
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 6245
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2018, 08:41:35 PM »

Give All 11 a game ?
Give them all a role ?

Have fun ?

Don’t take it overly seriously ?
Logged

velvetsky01

Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 08:56:01 PM »

Don’t do it lol
Logged
HS: 119*
Best Bowling 7.4-1-32-6

JB

  • International Captain
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1853
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018, 09:01:31 PM »

Listen to advice from others and make sure that everyone is encouraged, even if they make a mistake
Logged

Seniorplayer

  • Forum Legend
  • ******
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5512
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2018, 09:17:56 PM »

Lead. From the front.
Logged

ppccopener

  • Forum Legend
  • ******
  • Online Online
  • Posts: 5583
  • Trade Count: (+6)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2018, 09:19:39 PM »

Lol !!  :)

Not currently skippering but did so with ours twos at 18 as we went with yoof way back then and have skippered both twos and ones a couple of times again over the years.

Rather than concentrating on organising everything yourself if at all possible leave some duties to other people, like organising practice. In my time as captain I was club captain, that means responsibility for all four 11's. In essence that meant anyone with any issue at at was referred to me-that is very very difficult to do, so try if you can to concentrate on your team and the players in it.

I was happy to make my own mistakes, and I did, but I also got a lot of respect from my team mates , couple of tips:

Def try to make the game enjoyable even if you are playing at a decent level.
Back yourself and your decisions 100 per cent, skippers  cannot see everything in the game,the keeper is normally in a good position to see if the ball is moving or swinging around.
Try to be inclusive, young and old have an opinion, younger players might have the same ideas and the old sage.
Lead from the front in the way you play, if you are an aggressive player do not change your game, more defensive-stay the same.

Try as much as possible to get guys in the right batting positions, amazes me in every team I've played people play differently, some are born openers, some always want to hit everything.

Play game in the right spirit, you have to play to way you want, any decision can be explained to any player if need be, if stuck for an answer 'gut instinct that one'

Thick skin helps, you will probably be talked about, texted about, whatsapped(!) to hell-it's all part of the job.

Good luck and well done for taking on a role most think they can do but often don't put themselves forward for.

It made me a better player and helped me with communication with others-especially those I did not particularly get along with.
 :)
Logged

JK Lewis

  • County 2nd XI
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 449
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2018, 09:29:25 PM »

I had a go as Skip last season. Not easy to be honest. The biggest issues were off the field rather than on it, mainly centered on pulling 11 together each week. My dreams of a consistent side went out of the window by the 3rd week I think and with a 'core' of only about 4 players it meant a lot of pleading phone calls late each week. My advice would be to try and get availabilities charted some weeks in advance if you can, to reduce the stress. This would be particularly helpful in the summer holiday period of July/August.

Also off the field, make sure you organise Teas somehow, hopefully with someone who can do them every home game. Worth paying a few quid for a decent service.

On the field, the problem I had was that when you have begged people to play, you feel obliged to give them a game. This can be a nightmare, and I found that I was giving up my own game just to appease others. It got me down in the end, so I was glad when someone else volunteered for 2018!

Best of luck!
Logged

six and out

  • International Captain
  • ****
  • Online Online
  • Posts: 1072
  • Trade Count: (0)
    • MKCC website
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2018, 09:32:23 PM »

Some really good points already from everyone  :)

It can depend on the level you play at but from my experience as captain here are a few things....

Always treat everyone with the same attitude you would expect to get back from them.

Be organised off the pitch, it will help you on the pitch... the hardest part of being a captain is actually what you do off the pitch

Don't forget about you. By that I mean, you are still paying subs etc... so don't think you have to fit everyone in. If you are are the best person to bowl then bowl etc...

Everyone always has an opinion but it doesn't always mean there right, but there always worth listening to.

Have fun with it, you won't win everything so make sure you have fun.
Logged

play-yourself-in

  • First XI Captain
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 193
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2018, 10:29:51 PM »

Giving people roles is a really good bit of advice. For home games make sure someone’s job every week is set the stumps up, do the boundary rope, collect the subs.....you get the idea.

It will help take some of the pressure off, mainly make sure you enjoy it.


Good luck buddy.
Logged

Straight Bat Shot

  • Village Cricketer
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 41
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2018, 10:59:14 PM »

Try and give everyone a game ... depending on the standard of your cricket.

Keep everyone happy, keep people involved in the field, changing fielders around to get them on there toes.

Take advice from others, because if you make decision on your own and things go wrong, people will start moaning saying i told you so, "should of listened to me"
Logged

delazy

  • Club Cricketer
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 89
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 11:06:18 PM »

It's been awhile since I captained a team...basically my younger high school / underage days...but now captain of a reasonably successful mid competition indoor team...

after a period away from cricket I've found massive help when captains of my outdoor club have provided feedback and coaching during training...I've allowed a lot of bad habits to creep into my technique due to playing indoor a lot the past few years...

more often than not most people can sit back, spot an issue and atleast mention it...others with more experience will be able to offer guidance of some sort to help correct it...



Logged

Big Mac

  • County 2nd XI
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 402
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2018, 12:58:47 AM »

Don't take your spinner off if he gets tonked for a couple of boundaries, otherwise I'm coming for you
Logged

LateBloomer

  • First XI Captain
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 269
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2018, 01:38:27 AM »

Alot of variables in club cricket which make it hard to give a precise answer but one thing I would always recommend is to Keep a cool head, captaincy is more a mental skill than a physical one

Leading from the front in terms of behaviour and attitude sets a good example particularly if you have younger players

And scoring runs always makes the job easier!
Logged

Boondougal

  • County 1st XI
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 867
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2018, 10:42:19 AM »

Brilliant timing on this thread. I've taken on a captaincy this year or our 2's. We have dropped to the lowest division in our league structure which doesn't really do the strength of the team justice - The chap who did it last year did a great job in tough circumstances and despite a good spirit the cricket didn't shine and we ended up going down...

I've been a player that moves between he 1's and the 2's depending on availability but I don't think that helped my game at all so this year I am hoping more consistency will not only help my game but will also give me a chance to build relationships with the 2's squad and then hopefully develop some of those younger guys who have the skill, they just need a bit of experience.

I persuaded the club to allow me to appoint to vice captains - this was to ensure that every week at least 2 of us will be playing and the team get some consistency in leadership. It also helps with he advice as above - I can't do and see everything.

The other idea I really like from the comments above is the club captain idea.... we don't have that and I think it would be a really good role for us as we are in the mist of developing the club and what that means.

Logged

horseman

  • County 2nd XI
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 471
  • Trade Count: (0)
Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2018, 11:38:44 AM »

Buy the beer. If you win, no better feeling than throwing 11 cold ones in the changing room to celebrate.
Make everyone feel as special as possible, if you need favours , explain it , dont just think theyll understand.
Try to get the lads to see how much effort you put it, and hopefully they reciprocate.
Do the hard graft on the field yourself, others will follow, then ultimately lead themselves.
Play with a smile, although difficult sometimes, we all want to enjoy saturdays. 
Logged
Pages: [1] 2 3
 

Advertise on CBF