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ACF celebrates 6 years of cricket coaching education in USA

The ACF coach certification program managed and executed by the well-respected coach Jatin Patel, celebrates its 6th anniversary this week.

The Cricket Coach Education program was launched in May 2014 The unique cricket coach certification program is designed from an American coach’s perspective on how educators understand the game and teach it to scholars. Following such guidelines, it is expected that coaching cricket to American boys and girls would be much easier, as well as certifying the coaches, based on coaching techniques employed by American sport coaches.

The Level 1 program was launched in May 2014 and the Level 2 certification was launched one year later in 2015. To date, ACF has trained coaches in 28 states. ACF conducted 22 Level 2 coaching clinics where certified coaches were trained to offer training to Level 1 coaches, and there is an ample number of available instructors to do so year round, on demand. As of May 2020 there are 248 Level 2 ACF certified coaches in the USA, and that does not include County coaches, school and college educators.

The Level 1 scholastic program includes coaching the basics and introducing cricket as part of the Physical Education (PE) curriculum in schools. The 473 ACF certified coaches does not include many school teachers, educators and future PE teachers trained at Eight universities in the last six years, and many PE teachers at the elementary school level.  

In just six years the ACF cricket-coaching program has established itself as USA’s only cricket coaching program that’s based on how educators in the USA best understand the game of cricket and how they prefer to teach their youth scholars in schools and colleges.

ACF has trained more Level 1 and Level 2 coaches than all other past projects and initiatives by foreign cricket boards and education programs in USA’s cricket history. ACF continues to expand its coach’s network in the USA, while helping leagues and club communities develop youth cricket programs, by sponsoring coaching camps at no cost to those hosting the training clinics.

The ACF will continue to develop initiatives and programs that simplify the basics of coaching cricket to an American audience and youth still skeptical about the sport.