Making One Chance Into More: The Example of London School Cricket Association

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One of the biggest frustrations of cricket is missed opportunities. I'm sure you have felt it yourself.

I'm not talking about that half volley you smashed straight to a fielder, or the dropped catch on the boundary that cost the game. I mean missing the chance to make the best of your talents as a player. It happens all the time because of frustrating reasons.

Late developers are overlooked for squad selections and miss the their chance. Players from poor backgrounds can't afford good coaching or equipment and fall behind richer peers. It's awful because he may have as much skill as the next person, it's just they got a foot in the door, and now the door is firmly closed.

All is not lost.

Cricket Show 279: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"How can we do legal spin bowling with 15 degree elbow flex?"

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.

Makhaya Ntini Brings Cricket Back with Big Picture Thinking

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Have you ever thought about the wider impact of cricket outside of the nitty gritty of techniques, tactics and results?

Makhaya Ntini has.

For Ntini, cricket is opportunity on a wider scale. He knows from personal experience. He was plucked from nothing as a boy in a Cape Province village, and went on to play a hundred Tests for South Africa. Recently, I spoke to the fast bowler about his new Academy, and it's clear that this passion continues.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: Crunch!

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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.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 36: Live from Millfield

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It's a rare "IRL" meet up for David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway as the pair go head to head over the table at Millfield school. Sam Lavery dials in over Skype to make up the dream team.

Quick Tip: Don't Fear the KPI

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How do you know if your training is working?

You can argue that it's simple: Score runs, take wickets and you're doing it right. You can certainly take it to the next step with a little more context to that basic metric.

Use the Invisible Box to Become a Better Batsman

This is a guest post on batting skills from Laurie Ward of the Complete Cricketer Academy.

If you were offered the wisdom of Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara, I am guessing that you might be interested?

These gems are extremely simple and have been the cornerstone of our batting coaching at The Complete Cricketer Academy, with unbelievable results and a better understanding and "feel" for the players.

How the Best Cricketers Improve Quickly

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Why do some people pick up cricket skills better and faster than others?

Talent? Maybe.

Grit? Possibly.

Knowing yourself? Absolutely.

Don't panic, I'm not suggesting you disappear for 7 years on a journey of discovery to confront your guilt and become a Ninjitsu master like Batman. Learning how you learn is simply a matter of trying things until you find the methods that click with you most quickly. Everyone is different, so keep trying; you'll find several that work.

Cricket Show 278: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"3 months ago while I was fielding at cover I slipped and tore my anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee. While all this time in bedrest I have gained a lot of weight and lost my stamina to stay fresh in any game. Please suggest me tips to strengthen up and also aid weight loss. My cricket season starts from November thus I have to lose weight and get back to my best to get selected in the team?"

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.

Here is Your Cricket Season Wrap Up Checklist

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Coach Sam Lavery talks about post-season planning before you put your gear away for a few months.

As the season comes to an end, regaining evenings and weekends is an attractive prospect. But as the final match passes, is is there still one final push we can give?

Absolutely! The final wrap up of the season is as valuable as those last words before you players take to the field for their first game.

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