Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 23rd 2016 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 23, 2016
This week s column is
dedicated to the West Indies
coach Phil Simmons as the
West Indies battle for a
World Cup T20 semi final
place. The column is some
of Simmons ideas to
improve West Indies cricket
We were world leaders on
the cricket field. We played
with authority and most of
all, style which was confi-
dent, aggressive and athletic. It brought crowds and
sponsors, which are both essential for revenue.
Our foundation is our indelible history and our
ability to produce talented young players. We now
need to build on this with a strong philosophy that
would prepare us for the resurgence "The West Indies
Way" with a sustainable system made up of the fol-
1 The facilities and the management of them
• When we travel and see the quality of facilities we
are using you realise that facilities are a huge part of
producing players of quality.
• Practice wickets and Match wickets are essential
tools for success.
• Practice wickets should be as similar to match
wickets as much as possible.
• Practice nets and centre wickets should be rolled
very hard and have grass rolled into wicket as
compulsory. This would create more even bounce and
pace. This is essentially an investment in the
development of our young fast bowlers, but it will also
improve our batsmen's stroke play and our spinners.
• Indoor facilities must be upgraded to international
• Groundsmen should be up skilled and made to
understand their importance to the resurgence of our
cricket by producing the wickets that are needed for all
forms of cricket.
• The return of our style will depend on the improved
practice and match facilities.
2 The coaching system
• ICC approved coach Education and Accreditation
scheme to be aligned to the WI Way.
• Coaching accreditation is to be aligned to a
University, which helps to promote ongoing personal
development, and gives credibility to the Certificate or
• Accredit coaches for all levels to connect juniors,
youth, elite development and teams and so assist the
pathway of the WI way.
• Coaches then need the ability to identify and
implement the techniques each individual requires to
play the West Indies Way.
• Formation of a WI Coaches Association where
coaches from the WICB head coach to the age group
coaches can share and access the latest thinking and
• WICB Head Coach and Territorial Board National
Coaches need to have increased interaction so they can
share ideas and are all on the same pathway.
• TB Head coach to have more interaction with
national age group coaches so all ideas filter down to
the foundation of the system.
• Identify and encourage former and current National
players to enroll in recognized coach education courses
to broaden their understanding of modern coaching
principles and become future leaders.
• Implementation of a regional data profiling system
for all coaches and players at all age groups as part of
your talent ID system throughout the Caribbean. This
will assist with more targeted progression through the
3 Sports science and sports medicine
• Invest in benchmarking, Sports Science and Sport
• Create a medical department where Surgeons,
Doctors, Physiotherapist, Strength & Conditioning
Coaches are all members and have open communication
in regards to players and new standards around
• TB to appoint from within the network of
the medical membership.
• Medical team at every national and
international match played around the
• Medical and physical testing to be
performed on all players from as young as
possible and a data trail kept in conjunction
with coaching data.
• Have Fitness Testing done at the best of
times to impact each National team program
(min 3 per year).
• First fitness test was done last September
I have attached results.
• Development of a regional strength and
• Weekend performance workshop to be
held annually and to include coaches, physios,
4 Athlete Academy
• Establish a World Class National Cricket
Academy with systematic programs, which are
driven by the West Indies Way philosophy.
• Over time TB academies to be established
and driven by the same philosophy as in the
National Cricket Academy.
• The philosophy is to identify and select the
most talented cricketers, and to develop them
through excellent coaching and support
services in outstanding facilities, in order for
them to achieve their potential.
• National Cricket Academy to facilitate
male/female elite age group and senior holistic
development programs both part time and full
• The creation of an environment where
behavior, commitment, attitude and public face
are driven by the West Indies Way philosophy,
demonstrated by players and teams on and
off the field both nationally and internationally.
The West Indian way with coach Simmons
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