I got an email the other day from a reader telling me the miCricketCoach pages have too many tips, drills and information. As a result they are going to stop reading.
They didn't say they were going to get outside and play cricket instead, but if they did I would probably applaud their action. As Merlin Mann said:
"We can’t get good at something solely by reading about it. And we’ll never make giant leaps in any endeavor by treating it like a snack food that we munch on whenever we’re getting bored. You get good at something by doing it repeatedly. And by listening to specific criticism from people who are already good at what you do."
I've always thought of miCricketCoach as a reference guide for people who are actually out there playing, training and trying to improve. But Merlin's post made me think perhaps the tips alone are not enough.
It's a bit like doing drills.
We all know the player who is perfect when drilling or netting but when they get out in the middle it all goes horribly wrong. There is a disconnection between the drill and actual play. In a similar way there is a disconnection between the pages here on miCricketCoach and what you do in practice or in the middle.
The missing link
I know from the responses to my request for a case study this coming year that there is plenty of enthusiasm for that gap to be bridged: A feedback system if you like.
I also know many readers are coaches themselves looking for support or players without a coach needing a little more than the odd tip. For example, to be a genuinely fast and accurate bowler you can't just post a comment here and wait for someone to give you a one line answer. It takes work, practice and many hours of full commitment.
I tell you what has worked for me in the past; you try it and report back. You get better at playing; I get better at helping you.
We all win when there is some accountability.
That's the one big reason we are setting up the world's first online cricket coaching academy: PitchVision Academy staffed with big name coaches who will be able to help you take action rather than just read tips or mindlessly drill.
Just start: Even if you might be wrong
But before even joining in there, you can start taking action.
After all, even doing things wrong is better than not doing anything. At least you can learn from your mistakes. We all make them, me included.
You can hold yourself accountable here. Set up a training log and when you do something note it down. Nobody is trying to catch you out. It's actually better when you do things wrong and learn from them like friend of miCricketCoach Shaaz.
So make a plan (it can be as simple as you like) then get out there and start moving towards your goal, whatever it is. A journey of 10,000 hours (they say) starts with the first hour.
Once you have done that first hour, come back and record how it went. Tell us how you felt if you like or just record what happened. That's what I'm doing, I hope you can join me.
Make yourself accountable and then just start.
Together we are stronger in action.