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IUPUI cricket program can play a significant role to assist USA Cricket

December 06, 2017 12:42 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS : With the International Cricket Council (ICC) making an all-out effort to streamlining cricket with vision to develop game in the United States of America, Undergraduate physical education and sports management students at the Universities, can play a big role in introducing and promoting sport cricket in the country. Today 21 more Undergraduate students of Indiana University – Purdue Indianapolis (IUPUI)-- were imparted practical cricket lesson by pioneer in cricket education and certified international cricket coach Jatin Patel at the IUPUI campus here.
Jatin patel, also holds Cricket Australia and many USA soccer coaching credentials introduced this program in 2013. Since then IUPUI is organizing “Basics of Cricket” with coaching certification program every year, which remarks for the fifth year in a row. This program used USYCA youth cricket sets and American Cricket Federation cricket coaching certification program as educational purpose only.
These students are going through cricket education in physical education class under Sandy Barnett of Indiana University Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education Lecturer for the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management - IUPUI campus, Indianapolis. During the fall semester since 2013 they get basic practical education in the game through on field sessions at the semester end.
Jatin Patel gave basic practical cricket lesson, including throwing ball, catching, running between the wickets, bowling, playing strokes, wicketkeeping and proper use of batting crease. Jatin Patel explained that batter (in baseball) is a known as batsman and pitcher (in baseball) is a bowler in cricket. There is a lot of similarity between baseball and cricket. However, cricket the most popular game in the world despite a number of developed countries do not play this game.
The “future physical education teacher / coaches” were divided into groups to get the practical experience of all vital departments of the game. Some students, including girls, displayed their skills in hitting as well as bowling with confidence and in a mature manner. The students used tennis balls and youth size bats to experience initial introduction to cricket.
Later, Jatin Patel, Director of Coaching and Convener for the Advisory and Judicial Committee for ACF as a Youth Cricket Representative offered the students to have feel of the wooden cricket bat, colored and white leather balls used for day and day-night cricket matches. He also displayed the safety equipment, including helmet, pads, gloves, thigh and arm pads etc.
Indiana is the only state in USA at the moment keeping such cricket coach education program (Introduced to five different colleges and Universities), with prime focus to develop future primary education program for schools based on simple concept "How PE Teachers / Coaches like to under stand the game & how they wish /want to teach future scholars"
Meanwhile, USACricket has announced a number of zonal volunteer positions in the areas of performance, participation and membership with a view to continue to build the new USA Cricket. “As we look to expand our reach and deliver various activities within the community, local support will be helpful to realize the potential of these initiatives across the country,” said USA Cricket in a communication received here.
USA Cricket’s intention is to employ both full-time and part-time staff in the near future in the Zones, however, “we feel it is important to hire such paid staff under the leadership of the newly elected Board. The roles will help to bridge that gap until USA Cricket can hire these positions and the voluntary roles will be reassessed once the Board is seated.” Keeping in mind these developments to promote cricket in USA, the IUPUI’s program & other college cricket education programs can play a significant role.
The 5th batch from IUPUI comprising 21 students, going through cricket training this 2017 Fall semester, are: Nick Alford, Reggie Anderson, Terese Ariens, Shamari Bandy, Whitney Cosgray, Logan Duffy, Malcolm Gardner, Chelsea Hersley, Angie Keith, Hannah Nelson, Jonathan Osoria, Elleyana Passon, Ben Shealey, Yaz Shehadeh, Tyler Shorter, Colton Tumey, Rob Whitley, Roosevelt Williams, Angelo Wilson, Kane Woodall and Myquisha Zeigler.

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