JCA Structure for National Teams Development Program
By Robb McKenna
On behalf of the Japan Cricket Association Development Department I am
pleased to announce the official National Team Coaching positions for the
year 2004. Please see below for the teams that each coach will be
working with this upcoming cricket season.
The JCA Development Department has been holding interviews since early
October for coaching positions available for the below 6 teams. In
line with JCA plans to develop senior cricket in Japan, it has been decided
to add Development teams, University teams and U/19 teams to the already
currently running National Menís and Womenís teamís structures and the
U/15 team development by Gunma Sports Speak in the Gunma region.
However, as the establishment of U/19 teams is lower on the priority list
for resource allocation this year, these teams has been put on hold until
2005. A review of the development process in 2004 will form the basis
of the U/19 team establishment moving forward, with a view to participate
in U/19 regional tournaments leading up to the next U/19 World Cup in 2008.
All positions were declared vacant by the JCA as of August 1st, 2003,
however current coaches were asked to continue in their positions until
they were re-appointed or replaced, such as the case may be.
The strategy and goals for each team is currently being developed in
cooperation with the new coaches, with the following being broad goals
for the development program based on the National Coaches Strategy session
held on February 29, 2004.
General Policy for Coaching Cricket in Japan:
Style: Positive, Smart, Flexible Cricket. Mistakes are acceptable
to achieve positive cricket.
Criteria for evaluating coaching performance:
2. Creativity/ flexibility
3. Organisational Skill
5. Communication/listening Skill
6. Equality of time for all players
7. Time Management Skills
9. Ability to earn Respect
10. Discipline/ professionalism
11. Understanding of Players
12. Cultural Awareness
Coaching Period and Evaluation Method:
1. Player evaluations of coaches once per year through survey method
carried out by Development Department Head. Coaching positions review
will be performed in January and February 2005.
2. All positions are requested to be held for Japanese Calender year
of 2004 (April 1st 2004 Ė March 31, 2005). Coaches who cannot fulfil
the entire year time commitment will be handled on a case by case basis.
Broad Goals and Challenges of National Team Coaches:
1. At least 1 tour every 2 years for every team, preferably oversees.
2. Challenge matches against visiting oversees teams at least once
every 2nd year.
3. Strengthen overall level of domestic competitions.
4. Better Communication on National Teams Criteria and goals.
5. 20 level 1 coaches in Japan by end of 2004.
6. Establishment of National Tournaments for all levels of cricket
in Japan (Men, Women, University, Junior)
7. Japan National Coaches Association establishment in 2004 to facilitate
better voice for coaches, strengthen coaching methodology and assist in
solving common issues for coaches.
8. More native (Japanese) and female coaches as a priority of resource
allocation moving forward.
9. Develop strategies to keep players in cricket after they graduate
from studies to full time working.
10. More facilities Ė Grounds/ Nets.
11. More domestic challenge matches domestically.
Requirements for National Team Coaches and teams:
1. It will be expected that Menís and Womenís National Teams will be
committed to a total of no less than 10 training days and 3 practice matches
throughout one calendar year, however at the discretion of the coach this
ratio can be changed depending on priorities. In addition, any selection
games and international tournaments should be kept free by the national
team coaches. In general, a National team coach should expect to
be available for a total of 20 weekend days per year to complete full coaching
2. It will be expected that Development, University and U/19 team coaches
will be committed to a total of no less than 5 training days and 2 practice
matches throughout one calendar year, however at the discretion of the
coach this ration can be changed depending on priorities. In addition,
any selection games and international tournaments should be kept free by
the team coaches. In general a Development, University or U/19 coach
should expect to be available for a total of 10 weekend days per year to
complete full coaching commitments.
3. All coaches will be expected to attend coaching courses when they
are offered by the JCA. Coaches should expect to attend at least
2 days of coaching development courses per year.
4. All coaches are expected to develop individual team selection criteria
based on team goals to be developed in cooperation the JCA development
department. Criteria should be clarified and decided upon by April
30, 2004 or at a date to be decided upon in negotiation with the Development
5. Special Note: Coaches are expected to prioritize coaching over individual
playing commitments; however this will be at the discretion of the coaches
themselves and can be changed on a case by case basis.
2004 Allocated Days for National Team Trainings
All coaches are expected to use the JCA allocated days for National
Team coaching sessions in conjunction with the JCA Master Schedule and
above conditions on number of days required for individual teams.
Coaches are free to also organise additional trainings outside of the JCA
Master schedule, but only on the condition that these trainings do not
affect the running of any JCA affiliated competitions or events.
Please see the dates below for the official trainings allocated by the
JCA for 2004.
2004 JCA Allocated Dates for National Team Trainings
1. April 3 (Sat)
2. April 4 (Sun)
3. May 1 (Sat)4. May 2 (Sun)
5. May 3 (Mon)
6. May 15 (Sat)
7. May 16 (Sun)
8. June 26 (Sat)
9. June 27 (Sun)
10. July 24 (Sat)
11. July 25 (Sun)
12. October 23 (Sat)
13. October 24 (Sun)