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The Deceptive Simplicity of Experience, or Why You Don't Need "Coaching Tips"

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Last night I wandered along to my local team's under 12 match. I wasn't coaching but the sun was shining and the boys were keen as mustard so I chatted with the parents on the boundary.

One boy was playing in his first ever competitive game and was keen to keep wicket. While he was padding up, one of the Dads said to me, "come on then, you know your stuff, what tips can you give the lad?"

I thought for a brief moment.

"Catch it."

Cricket Show 220: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

" Could you give me some advice on how to eliminate a big vertical jump in my bowling stride? Instead of jumping forwards I seem to be jumping to high and losing all my momentum from the run up so I was just wondering if you have any tips to fix this problem?"

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.

How to Make the Leap to Higher Standard Cricket

Moving up to a higher standard is difficult.

You only have to look at the trail of failed professional cricketers who were tried and discarded at International level. But it's equally true of the level I coach at the moment. Boys have to move from 20 over soft ball pairs cricket to 40 over hard ball "real" cricket.

So whatever level you play, there is always a standard to jump up. How do you do it?

Cricket Show S4 Episode 27: Becoming Left Handed

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Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe discuss planning in coaching, vertical jumps in bowlers and switching to batting left handed. It's not as crazy as you think!

Plus we catch up with Matthew Dawson of The Cricket Asylum.

Ask the Readers: Help Jack Improve his Bowling Action

Can you help a young spin bowler to improve?

Recently we were contacted by Jack who said:

"This season I've returned to leg spin. Occasionally I get criticised by our captain as I'm not "finishing off my action". I know that when I do, I get drift and dip, and take wickets. Could you have a quick look at my action in the attached video and see if you have any thoughts?"

This question was interesting to me because Jack didn't point out any problems he is having. Only a vague awareness that something might be wrong.

So I thought this would be an excellent challenge for the PitchVision community to discuss.

What can Jack do to improve his action?

Quick Tip: Improving Reflexes Against a Fast Bowler's Release

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Vaibhav has a question:

"I wonder if there is any way to practice improving reflexes against a fast bowler's release?"

There are many ways to improve your reflexes, but not many of them will make a difference against a fast bowler.

That's because the reason you are slow to pick up line and length is not the result of slow reflexes.

What to do When You Lose Your Leg Break

Menno Gazendam is author of Spin Bowling Project. Get your free 8 week spin bowling course here

Hardik enrolled on my course, and had a follow up question:

"I used to spin a ball big, but then I tried to learn the wrong one. So I kept practising but then I lost my leg spin. How do I get that my leg spin back and then learn to bowl wrong one?"

Oh boy. That does not sound good!

Why Nets are Like the iPhone

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Think about the phone you owned 7 years ago. I'm willing to bet that it didn't do much more than be a phone.

Then the iPhone arrived.

Since then, think about how much mobile phones have progressed. They are now small computers that many people rely on to run their lives. I know I do. It's evolved fast.

Cricket Show 219: Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"ECB have changed the way that coaches get qualified, and I was wondering what difference this makes for someone who wants to get into coaching. I helping coach youngsters at my local club but eventually I want to coach older players, so which way is best for a coach who wants to be an “all rounder”?"

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.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Digest 6: Can He Bowl Quicker?

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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 5 videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.