It’s no secret: the interest kids have in sports tends to ebb and flow. It can also be a little predictable – the more recent a major sports event occurred, the more the sport is enjoying national coverage. As a result of this popularity, your kid is more likely to play the sport!
In November 2018, Forbes published an article titled, “Momentum In U.S. Cricket Is Building, As A Professional T20 Domestic League Looms.” This isn’t an exaggeration: there are plenty of international T20 and ODI games being played right now, during cricket season.
So is it any wonder the Sports Movement cricket programs are so popular?
If we want cricket to keep its momentum in the U.S. and dispel the idea that American’s don’t fancy cricket, we need to do more than remind the public of the world’s first international cricket match, played between the U.S. and Canada back in 1844.
What we really need to do is speed the process along. Thus, here are 5 tips to help minimize a drop-off in kids’ cricket participation (based on our experience)!
1. Join Game-Changing Organizations
Back in the day, kids’ cricket clubs forced younger players to abide by the same rules and traditions as adult cricket. As a result, the kids grew bored and lost interest.
However, a connection between “fun” and “sports” was eventually established. It became clear, to stay active on a regular basis, kids needed to enjoy the activities they were doing.
With an organization like Sports Movement, kids’ cricket is no longer a boring, hard-to-understand sport. Instead, it’s a fun, active way to spend the summer.
Additionally, Sports Movement recognizes that over-competition in kids’ sports is bad for mental health. This is why we create a fun-filled, engaging environment to help foster teamwork, leadership, and healthy competition.
2. Enthusiastic, Qualified Coaches Are the Best
Schools typically rely on volunteer coaches who bring a lot of enthusiasm, but not a lot of expertise. While volunteer coaches definitely deserve high praise, having the wrong coach can very quickly result in kids dropping out of a sport.
Think of it as a business environment: most workers who quit leave because of management. It’s the same with sports! This is why you want an experienced coach who’s highly enthusiastic about kids’ sports.
If the cost of hiring a professional kids’ cricket coach in Austin is holding you back, you have more options! For example, Sports Movement offers affordable After-School Programs.
3. Technology in Kids’ Cricket
Kids these days are more technologically minded than most parents. So when you employ technology in training and practice, the sport immediately becomes more attractive to kids.
Previously, cricket technology was something unheard of outside of the big international games. These days, however, anyone can download one of the best cricket apps to keep kids interested and learning both on and off the cricket pitch! It’s also a really great way for parents to bond with their children.
4. Encourage 1-on-1 Learning
This is because all of the focus is given to helping one student improve on their individual weaknesses (as well as fostering their strengths). This isn’t always possible when coaching a team.
Even when working with smaller groups of 2 to 4 kids at a time, the benefits are easy to see. Often, just a few 1-hour sessions of 1-on-1 coaching results in crazy improvement!
Sports Movement recognizes this fact, which is why we offer Private Training at a 1-on-1 or Small Group (2 to 4 kids) level.
5. Kids’ Cricket Should Be Fun and Beneficial
There are loads of benefits to kids’ cricket. One benefit is the key to unlocking every benefit: fun.
As mentioned earlier, part of the issue contributing toward high drop-off rates in kids’ sports participation is that kids aren’t having fun. This is why it’s important to put the fun back in the sport when training the next generation of international cricket stars.
Interested in our services? Get in contact with Sports Movement today – we can’t wait to share the joy of kids’ cricket in Austin with you!