Community Cricket Coach's Accidental Love
2 September 2014  

Last year’s WACA Community Junior Coach of the Year winner Scott McNamee (pictured, with sunglasses) wasn’t sure if he’d sink or swim when he took on his first cricket coaching role with his son’s Under-10’s side at Kelmscott Junior Cricket Club.

Seven years on, McNamee is working with District club Gosnells and hasn’t looked back with his coaching.

McNamee is now encouraging any aspiring coaches, be them players, parents or keen observers, to register for the upcoming WACA Community Coaching Level 1 Courses which start on 15 September.

The courses are directed at coaches at under-age and community cricket level who wish to broaden their knowledge of the technical skills of the game, understand appropriate and effective ways to conduct sessions and gain an awareness of the factors motivating young people to play and enjoy cricket.

After being thrown in at the deep end as a rookie coach, McNamee undertook a Level 1 Coaching Course in his second year and said that’d helped him develop his approach by also in many other facets of his life.

"I was encouraged to go to the Level 1 coaching course in my second year of coaching. After a good introduction in my first year, I found it really beneficial,” he said.

McNamee also highlighted the personal reward of seeing youngsters succeed and the benefits which coaching brings to other parts of his life, such as the workplace and managing people.

He said he’d gained plenty from his time coaching, but recalled his initiation to the caper, when his son signed up to play Under-10’s cricket with Kelmscott Junior Cricket Club.

"I was an accidental coach in cricket because my boy joined a side which had 10 players but no coach,” McNamee said.

"The president’s persistence eventually paid off and I took on the role. I was reluctant because I thought that if I hadn’t played cricket, I wouldn’t have the skills needed, but that wasn’t true.

"In fact, I think it has its advantages because you go in with no preconceived ideas, you’re more patient and you grow with the kids.”

McNamee’s approach has always been "team first” and he had success employing this by guiding his Kelmscott side to three consecutive Grand Finals, winning two of them, before earning the Junior Coaching award.

There will be one course held in each of the seven metropolitan areas and in regional centres, however if a coach cannot attend their local course, they are more than welcome to register for another course of their choosing.

Go to the coaching section of the WACA website for more information: http://www.waca.com.au/other/id.php?m=6&ID=46