Become a Cricketer with IPL Coach Monty Desai and PitchVision

Welcome to PitchVision Academy, your complete, ever-updated guide to coaching better cricket.

One of our most popular topics is finding out how to become a cricketer. So we went right to the source and filmed a coaching course with esteemed coach Monty Desai. Monty is an Academy coach and Talent Scout at Rajasthan Royals where he produces state, regional and Indian cricketers. For the first time you can join the inner circle and find out how the magic happens too. Click here for details.

Alongside Monty, there are over 40 more coaches with huge experience to help you improve your player's batting, bowling and fielding. You can explore the site for more. If you like what you see, you can get the free newsletter here. Welcome to the community.


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Quick Tip: You're Biased

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We are all biased.

Humans are a bundle of biases and contradictions that we live with happily. It's hard to recognise and you think you are being fair and reasonable when you are often far from the truth. While many times a useful bias is useful, it can backfire.

Take the common "positive expectation bias".

Turn a Wicket into a Golden Coaching Moment

Last week we looked at the importance of "golden moments" in coaching. There are a heap of individual moments for a coach and a player in a game of cricket. I am going to focus on one such opportunity today: When a wicket falls.

The time when I see most coach-player interaction directly ahead of performance comes when a wicket falls. The incoming batter on puts on their helmet and gloves before standing up and walking to the wicket.

You may get 10 seconds to add value to a players performance.

What considerations should we take to shape our interactions?

CRICKET JOBS: Marketing Development Officer - Queensland Cricket (Aus)

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Closing date: 13th March 2015

Queensland Cricket is responding to the increasing popularity of cricket by placing greater emphasis on its Game Development activities. Game Development is responsible for promoting and developing the game amongst the younger generation, as well as across both genders and within Australia's indigenous and multicultural communities.

Batting Drill from Graham Gooch

This video is from the Graham Gooch Runmaker onine coaching course videos available on PitchVision Academy. For more details, click here.

Graham Gooch has coached a lot of players to batting success. He has a compleet system that locks together to create runmakers. This video is an example of just one of the simple drills he uses in runmaking.

Don't be deceived by the simplicity of this drill. There are a number of benefits to grooving this shot, even for professional batsmen like Graham Napier (who is pictured doing the drill). The obvious thought is to lock in good technique, but it is also good for developing balance and footwork dynamically. Plus, for players looking to work on bat speed, the movement towards the ball encourages a higher backlift and faster downswing to really make the ball fly.

Here is the drill:

CRICKET JOBS: Auditing Services - Cricket Ireland (UK/Ire)

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Closing date: 13th March 2015

Cricket Ireland is inviting tenders from organisations able to provide Audit Services.

Since 2007, Ireland has been recognised as the leading non-Test playing nation in world cricket.  Cricket Ireland, is the governing body for cricket throughout Ireland, whose responsibilities embrace both amateur and professional cricket.

Cricket Ireland receives income and makes payments in US dollars, sterling and euro and the company uses the sage accounting system.

CRICKET JOBS: Community Coach Co-ordinators, 2 posts - Cricket Wales (UK)

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Closing date: 13th March 2015

£17,000 Pro Rata (20 Hrs per week)

Temporary – 5 months Fixed Term

Two vacancies has arisen within Cricket Wales for a Community Coach Co-ordinator for the South/Central Powys area as well as the Ceredigion area, to help with the delivery of their development programmes.

CRICKET JOBS: Fanbase Development Executive - Lancashire CCC (UK)

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Closing date: 27th March 2015

Supporting the Head of Marketing and Matchday Sales Manager with fanbase development, through proactive development of annual plans for fan engagement activities and events, aimed at growing the active ticket buying fan base for international and domestic cricket at EOT.

Study Finds Bat Speed As Important As Batting Technique

PitchVision Academy has seen a new study that reveals the importance of bat speed on the success of your performance as a batsman. If true, this could change the way you train.

The study - undertaken by friend of PitchVision, James Hughes - compared the bat speed of players at different levels of ability. For accuracy he used a 3D motion tracker. The results after a lot of testing were clear:

Better batsmen always had faster bat speed.

Video: Bowling Technique Coaching Session with PitchVision

Here's a treat for you: a coaching session filmed at Millfield School with Level 3 Coach, Dan Helesfay.

Cricket Show 297: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was,

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