August 29, 2013
Jatin Patel with USYCA supporter Mike Young
Jatin Patel, USYCA's 2nd Vice President, recently attended Cricket Australia’s Level 2 & 3 coaching courses events in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This continues Patel's deep commitment to coach training, which he has pioneered among physical education teachers in his home state of Indiana.
The courses which were led by Matthew Betsey and CA’s top notch team of coaches, including USYCA supporter Mike Young, provided great instruction for all 36 coach-trainees. It is hoped that this will be the precursor of many such future courses across the USA, which desperately needs trained and knowledgeable cricket coaches.
Jatin Patel, a multi-sport athlete in his younger days and a former high school soccer coach and official here in USA, expressed his view on the relationship between this course and his work in Indiana. "Cricket Australia is the leader in cricket coaching education with the latest innovations and techniques. Such coaching courses as these are very important for developing a support system for coaches in the USA. It’s a great opportunity for the cricket-playing community to raise their game knowledge so that they can help in proper training of youths," said Patel.
"USA cricket is in dire need of dedicated volunteer support with coaching knowledge," Patel said. "Such courses will fill the gap in coaching needs in America. We will need many more coaches and it will take time, but It's time to move forward and involve more youth in USA cricket, and USYCA is there to help as we provide free cricket sets for schools in the USA, and also with basic and fundamental cricket training."