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Quick Tip: Setting Up PitchVision Coach Software on Your PC

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Here's a super quick guide to setting up PitchVision Coach on your PC. It's quick because it's easy! You simply need to know three things; who is using it, where are you, and what you are doing.

We call these things; players, venues and sessions.

Let's assume you are setting up everything from scratch for now.

(In reality, most of this stuff only needs to be set up once and then you will just reuse it.)

Discuss: What Technology Do You Have to Help Your Cricket?

What technology do you use to help your cricket? Let's open up a discussion today, because I'm interested in hearing about the PitchVision reader's experience.

So leave a comment and let me know. Do you keep your phone around when you train? Do you put all screens aside when it's cricket time? Do you keep spreadsheets on your laptop? Are you a tablet user, and how do you use it?

Cricket Coaching with PitchVision: A Guide for New Coaches

One of the most common questions asked when cricket coaches get to use PitchVision is "what do I need to do differently?"

As this video shows, your coaching doesn't have to change at all. Aside from some minor moments to set up a session on the laptop, you can let it run itself. Letting a player have responsibility for making sure the right person is bowling and batting is also a good way to encourage good behaviours.

Case Study: How Cricket Coaches Use Hunches with Data

Here's how you can check to see if your hunches are right.

Good cricket coaches have good hunches. They can sense something and make swift changes based on their experience and skill. That's the art of coaching. But hunches can also be wrong, or biased. That's where you can use data to back up your hunch, or find out if it's wrong.

The Role of a Modern Cricket Coach: Analyse

This article about the cricket coach as analyst is the second in a series about club and school coaching in the modern day. For the rest of the series, get the free PitchVision newsletter. For part one, click here.

Can a coach also be an analyst?

In fact, analysis has been at the core of coaching since it was invented.

It's just the perception of analysis has changed with the advent of technology, and many coaches assume good analysis is now beyond their reach. Nothing could be further from the truth.

How to Bowl Line and Length with This Accuracy Net Drill

Even today, where there are a hundred different types of ball, good old-fashioned line and length bowling is an incredibly effective way to bowl: Hit the spot, do a bit off the pitch or in the air, take wickets. Simple.

Yet it's also a world of pain to do consistently.

Sure, you bowl in nets as much as you can. You put up with slogging batsmen and you take time to work on your action.

Then you get out into a game and bowl two four balls every over, wondering where it all went wrong.

What's going on?

It's not the puzzle you think, but it does take some work on your part. It's easy improve your accuracy (and pace at the same time) with a simple process.

Video: Spin Bowling Coaching Session

Here's the next cricket coaching video filmed recently at Millfield School. This time it's all about the spinners.

What the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 Mean for Cricket

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There is no doubt that technology is an important part of cricket, even at grass-roots level. That means when Apple make a product announcement, players and coaches interested in getting an edge should listen to what they have to say.

Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

Look at the track record of technology in cricket, and Apple in particular, and you can see it's ever growing influence. Coaches and scorers have iPads, players use iPhones and other smart phones as the most portable of computers. Add to this innovations like bowling machines and PitchVision and you see that technology is already a huge part of cricket.

So, the important question is; do these new devices signal a change in the landscape, and if so how can you tap into their power?

Stay Focused During Boring Nets with a Competitive Edge

I was chatting to Matt Dawson - Head Coach at Cricket Asylum - about the problem of young net bowlers "messing about".

I'm sure you recognise this: The session starts well but as attention span wanes, young bowlers tend to start entertaining themselves. The try to distract each other, run in while finishing a conversation or decide to "bowl leg spin" all of a sudden (and it goes into the side netting).

Of course, fun is a key aspect of training - especially in teenage players - but training time is limited and for most the goal is also to get better at cricket.

So how do you deal with it?

Matt's answer was insanely simple.

What's in Your Kitbag to Improve Your Cricket?

Coach Sam Lavery talks us through his perfect cricket coaching kitbag, and what's most essential when space is at a premium.

Imagine taking a current kit bag back 20 years.

Not only would some pieces of kit be questioned, but others would be completely unrecognisable. So what are the options that coaches carry in their modern day kit bags, and what do they have tucked away in the store cupboard back at HQ?

I’ve spoken to 10 coaches ranging from a few at First Class and International level, through to school and club coaches. Here's what they said.