A good wicketkeeper is critical to the success of any team. They need to be reliable, fit, skillful, tough and at times brilliant as a good keeper can turn a game their team’s way with an outstanding catch, stumping or run-out.
Wicketkeepers are the barometer of a team and set the standard for the fielding team as well as being positioned to contribute to team tactics by sensing the mood in the field. They have the best seat in the house and are well placed to identify a batsman’s weaknesses and to gauge when a bowler is tiring and as such are a vital tactical link back to the captain and bowlers.
From a coaching point of view the wicketkeeper requires both unique coaching and practice and keepers are often “underdone” in team training. Also as there is only room for one wicketkeeper in a team this key position can often by occupied by the player who is at times a forgotten man at practice.
In order for a wicketkeeper to excel they must put in quality time and effort to work on all aspects of their game.
Mark Atkinson’s passion to keep alive, what some consider to be the dying art of wicketkeeping, has inspired him to design and launch Elite Cricket’s Wicketkeeping Academy Program.
This intensive program is personally delivered by Mark, who with his team of coaches will work with the squad to develop and hone individual technical and game sense skills in high quality practice and skill development sessions in addition to providing mentoring, advice and guidance for players on their game throughout the season.
The program is most suitable for aspiring wicketkeepers who have already had some experience in match play situations and will include a batting component.
Dates and program details are TBA, however to register your interest feel free to send us an email. Please note that places in this program are limited.