Elite Week – Monday April 18th – Friday Feb 22nd3 hours per day for 5 days
Elite week is the most comprehensive package available to any junior cricketer. Utilizing all skills learned we will test each player in match-based net scenarios and open net sessions. Ideally suited for cricketers looking to test themselves and play out of their comfort zone. Each area of the game will be covered in detail before pitching your skills against the rest in a series of game based nets and competitive training games.
- Cupertino – 10253 North Portal avenue, Cupertino
- Fremont – James Leitch Elementary school
- Phillip DeFreitas is one of England’s finest all-rounders. He retired after an astonishing 20 seasons having reached the rare double of 10,000 first-class runs and 1,000 wickets. He is the only player in the history of the County Championship to take a five-wicket haul in a single innings against each of the 18 first-class counties. Phillip made his first-class debut for Leicestershire in 1985 and the following year he had a wonderful season. He took 94 wickets, scored his maiden century (at number 9) against Kent, and was selected for the successful Ashes tour in 1986-87. He played for Lancashire from 1989 to 1993, then Derbyshire from 1994 to 1999. In 2000, he returned to Leicestershire, averaging over 45 with the bat that season, and captained the side in 2003 and 2004. He retired at the end of the 2005 season. For England, he took 140 Test wickets and his two best Test series were in 1991 against West Indies and, in 1994, against New Zealand, when he took 22 and 21 wickets respectively. His top Test score of 88 helped England to a win against Australia in Adelaide and earned him the Man of the Match award. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1992. Phillip became cricket master at Oakham School in 2006 and he taught at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and was Director of cricket at London schools cricket association. He gained his ECB qualifications and secured a coaching role at Nottingham CCC /Derbyshire CCC / Hong Kong/ Caribbean Premier League and developed first-class talent. Now he coaches at Leicestershire CCC and is Director of cricket at PD next-generation cricketers. Phillip has never lost his passion for cricket and he’s a genuine ambassador for the game. His wealth of experience both as a player and coach is something the kids in CCA can tap into and improve their game.
- Paul Frost is an ECB advanced level 3 coach with over 10 years of English County Cricket Pathway experience having coached representative cricket for the London Schools Cricket Association. Paul has coached for a number of clubs and academies in London and is currently still loving being the Head Coach with the Philip Defreitas Next Generation cricket Academy (5 years) and North Middlesex Cricket Club (7 years). Paul brings a wealth of experience to America and can’t wait to meet the players and families in the US.
- Steve Humphries is a qualified ECB coach and has operated across Hertfordshire and Middlesex for over 20 years as a player and coach. Steve joined the Phillip Defreitas Next Generation team 10 years ago as Head Coach and during that time he’s also overseen the talent pathway for the London Schools cricket association Junior section for 3 years as a head coach and manager. Steve is excited to begin coaching in America.
- Level 1 – Beginner batches will have 2 levels. New registrations will all join at level 1 as per their age as explained above. At this level, players will play only with the tennis ball. Establish basic technique – grip, stance, catching, throwing, ground fielding, bowling action, etc., using a tennis ball for drills, coach to assess readiness and monitor level.
- Level 2 – After a few sessions depending on progress and the Coach’s assessment the player will be moved to Level 2. A player who is doing really well and if Parents agree can be moved to an older player’s level 2 batch as well. At this level, players will play with the hard cricket ball. Advance technique development – front foot and back foot defense & drives, running between wickets, improve fielding fundamentals (variety of catches, throwing technique, etc.) and decision making on the field.
- Junior – Players that do not want to join the Annual Program (explained below), can continue at higher levels. These batches will be run in batches of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. They will be 8 to 12-week programs. Players will not be invited to play weekend games or tournaments. Skill refinement – play a variety of shots, advanced bowling, and fielding drills w/ expectation of consistent shot-making, bowling accuracy, and strong fielding.
- Intermediate – Players that do not want to join the Annual Program (explained below), can continue at higher levels. These batches will be run in batches of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. They will be 8 to 12-week programs. Players will not be invited to play weekend games or tournaments. Situational Cricket & Skill Improvement – improve decision-making process (how to set fields, where to bowl to a particular batsman, where to throw, etc.) & develop strong instincts to make tournament ready.