Current West Indies assistant women's cricket coach Stephanie Power was in the New York metropolitan area and willingly agreed to conduct two coaching sessions for USA women cricketers in the area. The two coaching sessions were sponsored by USACA, taking advantage of Ms. Power's presence in the area during her recent vacation to New York City.
Fifteen players, along with two area coaches Linden Fraser and Dr. Leon Copeland attended the first session held at New York Indoor Cricket in Brooklyn, NY. Most of the players in attendance were from the Atlantic Region, with USA captain Roselyn Emanuel and pacer Joy Jones; the notables from New York, along with USA vice captain Candacy Atkins from the Northeast Region.
A second coaching clinic was held at Indoor Cricket USA in Morristown, NJ and led by the Atlantic Region's Women's Cricket Coordinator Ivy Mahabir, who led a group of several Atlantic Region women players, along with a few New York Region players, again including USA national captain Roselyn Emanuel.
The women cricketers were high in their praise of the very energetic West Indies coach who braved the extremely cold winter weather, traveling to coach the two sessions. The coach immediately connected with the players, who all appeared to hang on to every word uttered and technique taught by the very experienced former Trinidad $ Tobago and West Indies player.
Ms. Power's ability to simplify, demonstrate, then reinforce some of the fundamentals of the game was equally matched by the wide smiles on the faces of the players, who once they had mastered the mechanics of defensive and attacking strokes, were eager to assist each other in finessing the techniques just learned. There was no doubt that the confidence level of those attending the two very informative sessions was raised significantly, judging from several requests received by USACA seeking to have Ms. Power return to the New York area for additional coaching sessions.
Ms. Power, a former West Indies women's captain, has also been the skipper of the Trinidad $ Tobago national women's team, and has played with some of the senior USA women players. She is a certified Level 2 ECB coach and a qualified Umpire instructor. She captained the West Indies vs. Pakistan in 2004, and played alongside current USA players Candacy Atkins, Doris Francis, and 2009 USA Women's coach Indomattie Goordial-John. A Physical Education teacher, Ms. Power retired from first-class women's cricket following the West Indies tour to South Africa in 2005.
Coach Power was high in her praise for the enthusiasm exhibited by all of the ladies, especially those new to the sport. The conclusion of the second coaching session was very emotional for the popular women's coach, as the players thanked her for the very informative coaching sessions, her dedication to the sport, and the enthusiastic manner in which she embraced the newcomers to the game of cricket.