Expect the unexpected at the Orara Valley Under 7s training.
With no background in football, cricketer Lindsay Smith is winging it and loving it in his first year as coach.
His son is in the side, and Lindsay said he sought counsel from NCF as to how a rookie might go about things.
The advice was sage and lapped up.
“I was told that until they get past nine years it’s more about self-discovery than drills. It’s about kicking goals and having fun,” he said.
Lindsay’s fresh approach is winning fans – as he’s been named the Newcastle Permanent Community Award Coach of the Month for July.
“At training sometimes we’ll have music blaring, or a kids versus the parents game,” he said.
Lindsay ponders that the parents might get more fun out of these tussles than the kids – though they definitely don’t pull up quite as well as the youngsters the morning after as hammies and calf muscles are rediscovered.
His daughter plays in the Under 10s, and Lindsay marvelled that Orara “is such a family place”.
“I’m pretty fortunate with work to be able to do it (coaching) this year and to support my own kids in the process,” he said.
And while they’re played in mostly opposing seasons, Lindsay said there were some commonalities with football and cricket.
“The cardio is actually similar, but the main thing is the team environment which I think is beneficial for everyone,” he said.
So it’s game on at Orara, because nobody can stop the music.