The Truth about LTAD for Cricket

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From parents to coaches; a lot of people care about producing the next generation of high-class cricketers.

We certainly do on PitchVision Academy.

That’s why Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is attractive: it’s a governing-body approved model for what to teach and when to teach it.

But that strength is also a weakness.

LTAD is a just model. It has really only been around for 10 years. There is little proof that it works.

Cricket Show 154 Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"My 12 year old son visits a Consultant Chiropractor / Osteopath who is an expert in functional neurology. Last night he was aghast at how a mid-way bowling action is causing so many functional body problems and strongly suggests a front on action. Whilst I take his comments into consideration, I would be interested in your thoughts on the matter."

Listen to the panel’s 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

The Big Switch: Winner

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The winner of the Kevin Pietersen Big Switch competition is Arun.

He wins all the Adidas batting gear, a shopping spree in PitchVision Academy and a free copy of Keep Calm and Smash It, the online coaching course from Kevin Pietersen.

4 runners-up have also been contacted.
 

The competition is now closed, but you can still purchase Keep Calm and Smash It here

Cricket Show 154: Chances of Winning, Shades and Chiropractors

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The show has never been more eclectic than it is this week.

Burners is live from Dubai at the ICC Qualifiers as we discuss associate cricket, we talk about the use of the “Chance of Winning” stats to see where you are in a game and there is an interview with an optician and cricket sunglasses expert from Airdale Opticians.

We also answer your questions about the bowling action and osteopathy, and whether it’s possible to play cricket and baseball at the same time. 

More Sweep than Slog: The Slog Sweep

The slog sweep is a legitimate boundary option. It’s hit in the air over the inner ring fielders and with the huge bats of today, often over the fence!

5 Steps to Better Junior Club Coaching Sessions

This is a guest article from Head Coach of Twenty20 Cricket Company; Darren Talbot

1. Make sure that there is a suitably qualified coach with each group

Without a fully qualified coach it is unfair to expect a lesser or even unqualified coach to deliver a meaningful session, it just won’t happen. 

Even experienced cricketers are unable to deliver a proper session for your juniors as there is a massive difference between coaching and being a qualified coach.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica School of Cricket Coaching

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica is stopping its print version after over 200 years.

It’s a sign of the times.

There has never been more information available more quickly. The web makes it easy for experts in every field - cricket included - to put out their advice to anyone with a connection. Twitter and facebook and their ilk are making it possible to get cutting-edge stuff in real time.

There’s no more appetite for a book that sits on your shelf and gets out of date.

Cricket Show 153 Competition Winner

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

The winning question was:

"I always lose concentration when batting, any tips or drills I can do as the bowler is running in?"

Listen to the panel’s 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

The Journey: From Sport Science Research to Real Life Results

Over the past 3 years PitchVision has been integrated into sport science research as part of Laurence Houghton’s PhD at The University of Western Australia. As this research program draws to a close we’ve taken time out to review our journey with the sport science community and the resulting partnership with ACE cricket academy. So sit back and enjoy this exclusive inside story.

Cricket Show 153: Lessons from Dravid’s Career

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There is plenty club and school cricketers can learn from Rahul Dravid. As the classical batsman has retired recently the team look back at his career and work out what we can take from his game into grass-roots level.

We also answer your questions about concentration and how to raise your personal fielding standards.

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