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QUESTION: Hello Sir,
         you have given tips regarding the post of an umpire but now can you please briefly give the details on how to become a qualified cricket coach.

ANSWER: Dear Sai Dutta,

Excuse me for delay in answering your questions.

Your main role is to organize cricket coaching sessions and matches for the children. Many of the schools cannot afford to have their own sports teachers so your volunteer work will make a big difference straight away. Your cricket coaching sessions may be timetabled during the school day but, more often than not, you will organize cricket clubs after school. You may be nervous about coaching cricket in India, but you will soon discover that you possess a wealth of knowledge that your young cricketers are desperate to have. By teaching simple batting and fielding techniques, as well as bowling and basic team tactics, your players will develop rapidly. And you will find your coaching sessions extremely rewarding, not only because the young players are so enthusiastic, but because many of the players are very talented. Seeing your cricketers improve so quickly is great motivation for any cricket coach. Once you are more settled in your role, you may want to help organize sports days or cricket tournaments for the teams you work with. This is a great way to get your players excited about the competitive side of the game, and also to develop a strong team bond and sense of sportsmanship.

Few tips for you,

* Introduce and develop the cricket to the people of all ages in an enjoyable way
* Develop the basic movement skills
* Improve your own coaching skills and knowledge
* Attend the good practise and child protection course
* Attend the Cricket Coach First Aid Appointed Persons course
* Assignments set have to be completed
* Home study packs and associated assessments have to be completed
* Prior to your assessment day,submit your records of coaching and assignments
* You have to attend an assessment day where you will be told to coach a few players and have a follow up exam on this.The records of your coaching and assignments should be conveyed to you4 association.

With all these, you need to approach your cricket association and enroll your name as a Coach, later on finding you as suitable for coach, they will consider and nominate your name for the BCCI Level-1 exam.

Hope this will satisfy your question. With best wishes,

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 27/12/2012)

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QUESTION: But How Do We Get Selected for Coaching A State Team Is There Any Exam Conducted.

Dear Sai Dutta,

Nice of your asking questions and I feel thrilled to answer them.

For any BCCI exam, whether it is for Umpires, for Scorers, for coaches or for video analyst, it is always looked after by the host association of respective individual.  So it is always routed through your local association, and you must be in contact with them for any opportunity. So maintain good relations to get good rapport from them.

Some information I would like to share with you as under:-

The Art of Coaching Cricket


   Any individual who has played cricket at national / state / district / university / club level
   In good physical condition.

Course Duration:

5 days (30 hours) of lectures, practicals and workshops, followed by a day for examination.


1. Generic topics

The role of the coach, coaching philosophy, coaching styles and the process of teaching skills
The Laws and Spirit of Cricket
The relationship between the coach, player and his/her parents
Safety and first aid for cricket-related injuries
Introduction to fitness and the parameters of fitness
Warm up, stretching and warm down procedures
Goal setting in sport
Effective management of a cricket practice session
The process of learning sports skills - games versus traditional method

2. Cricket-specific topics

Batting basics:

   Vertical and horizontal defensive and attacking shots
   Running between the wickets

Bowling basics:

   Basic bowling action
   Pace bowling
   Spin bowling

Fielding basics:

   Attacking and defensive fielding

Captaincy and Leadership

Course assessment requirements:

Attend all units
Theory and Practical examination (minimum 75%)

Following is the BCCI structure of recruitment for coaches.

Level A : Course : Successful completion of level A Course. Minimum 12 months of coaching experience and attended Level A Refresher course

Level: B : Successful completion of level B Course. 24 months of coaching experience and attended level B Refresher course

Level: C : Successful completion of level C Course. Satisfactory completion of assignments and attended level-C refresher course.

Hope you will like this and enjoy.


Suhas Sapre (Baroda 27/12/2012)  


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I can help to give all questions regarding cricket laws, rules on both umpiring and cricket scoring. It will be a great pleasure to help any candidate who wants to clear the exam of BCCI. I can guide him how the questions are asked and the way they should be replied. I can also conduct classes for Cricket umpiring and scoring anywhere. I look forward to educate and promote local umpires in the days to come. I would help them to get through BCCI Level 1 exam.


I have been a state panel cricket umpire and doing umpiring for last 40 years and also a BCCI official national scorer since 2004, having done many International ODIs played at Baroda and many first class matches in Baroda. I have passed many state panel exams in both categories.

I was serving with State Bank of India, as an Officer, posted at Bodeli branch, some 65 Kmts from Baroda, having taken promotion in August 2012. I was thereafter transferred to Pavi Jepur Br, some 90 kmts from Baroda on 20/12/2013. Recently I have taken VRS from Bank as after becoming an officer I was facing lot of problems regarding leave to attend BCCI matches as a scorer and also Local umpiring and thus hampering my sporting activities. Now to enable me to spare more time for my passion, I have opted for VRS and was relieved on 30/01/2016 and now will look forward to enjoy my passion in the remaining years.Look forward to remain busy with cricketing activities for next one decade and more.Look forward to help my cricket colleagues. Look forward to give off my best services to my passion, which has taught me many more things and now I feel I must contribute towards the local cricket association, i.e. Baroda Cricket Association with all love and enthusiasm in the coming years.I feel proud to take VRS for the sake of my passion. Its a great feeling that I have taken a bold decision in the wake of my passion which has given me enjoyment and physical fitness to enjoy the game of cricket in the the days to come. Now I feel myself as a free bird and no tension. Look forward to help budding umpires.

Earlier I used to write in local newspaper but thereafter time has not permitted me to do so. I give my views over the controversial topic.

I am a degree holder of Commerce and having a reputed banking job in Baroda. Recently due to some personal problems and to fulfil my love and passion for the game of cricket I have opted volunteer retirement from the Bank service to enable me to do BCCI matches as an Official scorer in first class matches. Taking promotion in Bank and expecting leave for the matches was a major problem and that is one of the reasons to quit bank ahead of cricket.

Awards and Honors
I have passed several examination of cricket umpiring at State levels. I passed Mumbai cricket Association as well as Baroda Cricket Associations state exams. I had also cleared national written test of BCCI, but unfortunately sheer bad luck in viva and practical. I have also stood first in the Scorers' state level examinations at Saurashtra, exam conducted by Saurashtra Cricket Association and also stood first in Mumbai Cricket Association's Scorers' exam. I further cleared the BCCI national exam in the year 1994 held at Ahmedabad. In all I have officiated as an Umpire in more than 3500 matches, including T20, ODI, 3-4-5/days matches, 6-aside, double wicket tournaments, single wicket tournaments, and many more festival events and charity matches. I have also officiated as an official scorer in many first class cricket matches as well as almost all ODI matches played at the IPCL/ Reliance Cricket ground in Baroda. In all I have officiated as an official scorer in not less than 300 matches. I have been appointed a Sports Secretary of SBI in Baroda (2010 to 2012) I have been elected as one of the Umpires' committee of Baroda Cricket Association on 23.04.2012 Looking forward to take care of local umpires and will try to educate them. Recently I was privileged to conduct a 3-day cricket Umpires seminar on 7 to 9 September, 2012 along with Shri Sanjay Hazare, BCCI Elite panel cricket umpire. This was my first ever experience to conduct a seminar, which had almost 60 participants. I am thankful to the Baroda Cricket Association for giving me this opportunity. I have been honoured on many occasions with awards and certificates for my best umpiring. Recently on 13th February, 2014, I was invited as a Chief Guest by Amrut School in Halol, to celebrate the Annual Sports Day of their school.

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