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Welcome to PitchVision Academy, your companion through your cricketing career. It's here we welcome all from the enthusiastic youngster to the old pro, to the coach still helping players long after the boots have been hung up. There is something here for everyone in cricket.

From batting and bowling to coaching and strength training, PitchVision Academy is your trusted source for better cricket. It has to be with big names like Kevin Pietersen, Nathan Bracken and Mark Garaway as part of the team of over 40 world-class mentors.

Want to be part of it? Just browse around and get the free email newsletter. Then use the advice in nets and at games. With online coaching of this quality, how can you do anything but succeed?

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CRICKET JOBS: Nutritional Advisor - ECB Disability Cricket

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Closing date: 20th August 2014

 

Salary: Day rate based on experience + expenses

Category: Sports nutrition advisor

Sport: Disability Cricket

Based: Old Trafford, Northampton and Whitgift School

Hours: 1-2 d/month

 

Change Your Cricket Team for the Better Without Trying too Hard

Winning is important for every team. It's also not the only thing, and that's a problem.

For sides who fall somewhere below the professional level, other factors can easily take over and define you far more than the quest for victory: Jobs, family, escapism from the daily grind and so on.

These factors are real and unavoidable, but they don't have to command the side. With some simple, almost zen-like, changes to your approach, you can account for everything and still become a more professional-acting club team.

Here are some practical tip for calmly becoming more focused on winning without being ridiculed for "taking it too seriously".

Here's the Most Powerful Tool in Your Coaching Toolbox

Coach and PitchVision Academy Columnist Sam Lavery looks at the power of words to help cricketers grow.

Can the way you speak turn players into positive "doers"?

Attention to detail in the language we use as coaches is important as we strive for perfection. Not only is what we deliver vital, but also, how we choose to deliver it.

Simply, language will help cricketers achieve what you - and they - would like.

Here's a simple example.

If You Must Have A Net, Make It Accountable

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Nets. Cuh.

It's a brilliant idea to practice in a net, but it's poorly done 66% of the time. If you are not getting better, what's the point of dragging your carcass to practice in the first place?

Cricket Show 269: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"Sir, could you please help me to learn the inside out shot over covers. What are the basics for this particular shot?"

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 Show S5 Episode 26: One Fish Brings Two

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If you are a cricket playing fisherman you will love the show! Burners has the angling angle while David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery talk about cricket.

We look at the latest ideas around the 10,000 hour rule, discuss the differences between club and elite coaching, and find out how to play the "inside out" shot over cover.

Download the show and listen to the banter.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: He's No Maxwell

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Welcome to the PV/VIDEO Digest, your highlights summary of the weeks best videos from PitchVision Interactive

You can share these videos by email or onto facebook, and post your comments right here: From serious analysis to Friday fun. Here are the top videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.

New Tricks: What Kids Taught This Old Dog Over the Summer

The Millfield School cricket season has come to an end and my work is not yet done.

Each year I undertake a review of the team performance; the effectiveness of the programme and my effectiveness as a coach. I think reviews are vital for the players and for myself if we are to develop.

So, what have I learnt this year?

Quick Tip: Take More Catches

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If you want to get better at catching, get random.

Catches can come any time in the field, so having a time set aside for catching during practice is less realistic for your attention skills.

So, build in more randomness by having the coach, captain or your batting buddy hit you a catch randomly throughout the session.

How to Stop Young Players Leaving Cricket Forever

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I'm sure you recognise this frustration.

You have a talented youngster. He starts missing training sessions. At first he still comes to matches, but more often he is injured, or has a migraine. After a while the parents stop returning your calls and texts altogether.

What's happening to these players? Can you put it down to the modern obsession with Xboxes and iPads and curse technology?

Perhaps.

But what if it's closer to home: The focus on results on the pitch?

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