Cricket Fielding Drill: Round the Ring

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To practice realistic ring ground fielding, run outs and backing up.

Description: Set up with fielders at point, extra cover, midwicket and square leg. One extra fielder waits behind point. The coach is fed an underarm feed and hit the ball to point (position 1). The fielder pick up and throws down the non-striker stumps. She then moves across to extra cover.

Cricket Fielding Drill: Keep on Moving

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This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Get More Run Outs by Slowing Down

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"Run him out!"

The batsman had dropped the ball into the off side and called a quick single. His partner was slow off the mark.

The point fielder saw the chance early. He got low, moving swiftly to sweep up the ball. He had done it ten thousand times in practice and was drilled to aim at the base of the stump. The partnership was as broken as the wicket was about to be.

As he reached for the ball he was already imagining it flying to the stumps. Which is why he didn't grab it cleanly, overshot the trickling ball and raised his eyes to the sky in disgust while the batsmen scampered through without risk.

How many times a season do you see this in your team? How often have you done it yourself?

Four Simple Ways to Take Fielding to the Next Level

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A few years ago, only the best fielders would be diving, throwing down stumps and catching everything. Now anyone who can't do it is seen as a passenger.

So, that means your training needs to go up a level too.

It's not enough to do a few catches before nets anymore. You have to recreate and repeat match intensity skills. Here are four simple ways you can put into action right away.

Fielding Drill: Captain America Catching

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Here's a simple, fun drill you can use to help improve your reaction catching in areas like the slips, short leg, gully or even in the ring behind square.

You can view the drill here:

It's named after the comic book superhero, Captain America because someone uses a Katchet as a "shield" to deflect the ball in random positions from one side to another.

More Run Outs with This Fielding Drill Upgrade

Iain Brunnschweiler has a simple drill upgrade for you to get more direct hits.

Matches can be turned when you complete run outs: Direct hits will result in a wicket.

So it is important that you get your throws as close as possible to the stumps as often as possible. The problem is, when doing a throwing at stumps drill, we often simply use a 'hit or miss' outcome to gauge the success of the throw. This can result in a lot more misses than hits, especially in younger players. It's disheartening.

The good news is there is a simple way of setting more of a gauge to help understand progress and guide development.

Cricket Show S6 Episode 3: First Class Fielding

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Mark Garaway talks with Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe about his new online coaching course, and the reasons behind why he flet it was important to bring out now.

The team also get stuck into discussing the role of the hips in spin bowling and the common mistake spinners make about thinking it's al about fingers and wrists. Plus there is a primer on drift and dip in spin bowling.

EXCLUSIVE: First Class Fielding Course from Mark Garaway out Now, Buy Today on Pitchvision Academy

PitchVision Academy is delighted to announce that Mark Garaway's online coaching courses First Class Fielding is out now, exclusively on PitchVision Academy.

As you know, a few weeks ago we announced the ex-England Analyst and current Director of Coaching at Millfield School was revealing his methods in his first ever online coaching course. And since then it’s been a feast of fielding action on the site as a preview to the main event.

Now the wait is over, First Class Fielding available to purchase on PitchVision Academy. Get it now.

Click here to buy the online coaching course.

Here's an Alternative to the Same Old Catching Drills

This video is a free sample of the online coaching course - First Class Fielding - from Mark Garaway

Catching drills are vital, but they can get a bit dull after doing them every session for weeks at a time. In this video Mark Garaway makes it competitive and fun for some fielders, while also helping the coach review technique.

It's simple but astonishly effective: Check it out here:

Video: How to Throw Down the Stumps

This video is a free sample of the online coaching course - First Class Fielding - from Mark Garaway. Click here for details

There are few better sights in cricket than a fielder hitting the stumps and performing a perfect run out. Yet we can all do more to improve player's ability to hit the stumps. In this free video, Mark Garaway talks about a simple and effective way to hit more often.

For the rest of the course, a guide to coaching players to become top class cricket throwers and catchers, click here.

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