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As you may have noticed, we are posting a lot more video tips recently. The idea is to help you more clearly understanding the coaching advice, as well as get an insight into the PitchVision technology that is the cornerstone of coaching. Take some time to go over the videos section and enjoy what we have done. And, if you have any questions that you want answered in a video, please drop us a line.

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Quick Tip: When to Introduce Strength and Conditioning

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Mark had a question:

"As a coach, when do you think is the right age to introduce children to strength and conditioning style training?"

It's a tough one for coaches, because our job is traditionally to make player's better through improving technique. But nowadays, "making players better" also includes understanding biomechanics, psychology and - yes - strength and conditioning.

This is because these elements are not distinct from technical coaching. If you understand the basics of how people move, you can feed that directly into better, more individual technique.

And that is where strength and conditioning crosses over most; the mobility and stability aspects that go beyond just understanding that lifting weights makes your muscles bigger.

S&C is not bodybuilding. S&C is not exhausting players. it is: [E]

Cricket Show S4 Episode 14: Planning Your Coaching

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Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe get together to discuss cricket, coaching and coping in cold weather.

The team answer your questions and comments on building an innings, how to control seam position and structuring junior cricket training sessions.

Pietersen's Chin, Ronaldo's Feet and the Wide Stance 8 Year Old

You are the coach. What do you do?

An 8 year old walks into a junior session for the first time and gets into a batting stance with his feet wide apart and his knees flexed.

There is a temptation to adjust the stance into a more conventional narrower stance as seen in MCC manuals from years gone by.

But is that right?

The Myth of Cricket Fitness

This is a guest article from Steffan Jones

There's a lot of confusion around strength, conditioning and fitness for cricket. Today I want to give you my perspective as a former first-class fast bowler turned strength coach.

Coaching the IPL: Wicketkeeping Techniques

In Twenty20 the wicketkeeper is often considered to be a batsman who keeps his pads on while fielding. A stopper not a show stopper.

But in IPL 6, Dishant Yagnik showed the value of an athlete and technician as keeper.

Yagnik spent a lot of time standing back to the quick men. That is a skill that requires good hands and athletic movement. In match 8 for Rajasthan against KKR he showed these skills to dismiss the danger man Gambhir.

Gambhir had walked down the wicket to force the pace, slashed at a wide ball outside off stump that flew at height to Yagnik's left.

Cricket Show 206: Competition Winner

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This week's winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Brett. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.

The winning question was:

"I'm involved in coaching the younger generation through an under 11s club side, and one thing that I have noticed is a great desire for my kids to want to play reverse sweeps, ramps and switch hits like they see on TV. Obviously, coming from New South Wales David Warner has a cult following. I'm struggling as I see many parents (especially fathers) encouraging these types of shots from the sidelines and in conversation with their children. Presently, I'm reluctant to give coaching instruction on these shots but I wanted your opinions please. Do I embrace these shots and provided my kids have the basics of batting encourage them to play these shots and develop their own natural flair, or do I steer them into more conventional shots?"

Listen to the panels answer to his question here.

To enter your own question for the chance to win your choice of online coaching course send your questions in here.

Cricket Fitness Workout: The Mixup

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This series is part of the Cricket Fitness Workouts series. For the full list, click here.

This is a gym workout designed specifically for cricketers to use to improve overall fitness: Strength, conditioning and power.

It's great for fast bowlers and batsmen especially but can be used by any discipline.

Cricket Show S4 Episode 13: Teaching 11 Year Olds to Switch Hit

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Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe discuss the IPL players and teams to watch, as well as different tactics employed by different teams.

The team also answer questions on diet plans for fast bowlers and analyse how and when you introduce new shots to young cricketers. Should your under 11s learn how to ramp shot ans switch hit? Find out by listening to the show!

How to Manage Groups of Different Abilities and Experiences

One of the biggest challenges I have faced this week is to cater for everyone's individual needs within a group of 20 children in Sardinia as part of a coaching camp.

Quick Tip: Ball Tampering

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Mukal wants to know the Law,

"I have heard quite a bit about ball tampering. What exactly is classed as tampering?"

Of course, you can "tamper" with the ball legally. It's called looking after the ball so it swings for longer. Rather than changing the condition you are just trying to stop the condition deteriorating.