The quick start guide to playing better cricket
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Are you in a rush to start improving your game? Do you need something simple to start you on the road to more runs and wickets? You need a quick start guide to playing better cricket. Success on the field is about more than just talent and more than playing as much as you can. This guide give you the whole picture. 8 simple rules that have been built up over years of scientific research and practical application with real club cricketers:
- Exercise at least twice a week. Excluding training and playing, the cornerstone of performance is fitness. You should be looking to improve your endurance, power, speed, agility and strength through regular training. While you don't have to go to a gym, you do need to do something.
- Train more than you play. There is only so much you can develop while playing. Training is the time to learn and groove your skills, playing is the time to use those skills. If you don't have them in the first place through training, playing will only give you bad habits. To avoid this, train with a good coach or training partner at least one more time per week than you play.
- Plan, plan, plan. You can't know where you are going without a map. Set yourself goals for each stage of the year that are relevant and challenging but achievable. They don't have to be complicated but they do have to be there, even if they are just written on the back of an envelope and stuck to your bathroom mirror.
- Always be learning. Good players are hungry to learn more, great players are never stupid people. To improve your game you need to know how to apply tactics, ideas and strategies to make the most of what ability you have. Of course, reading harrowdrive is a great place to start, as is the recommended reading section.
- Eat well all week. Most people instinctively know how to eat well. You know that they key is a consistent diet of lean protein from meat, fish and dairy, good fat from olive oil and nuts and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Eat well all week and the results will pay off on the field at the weekend.
- Visualise success every day. Brain scientists have proven that your nervous system can't tell the difference between success on the pitch in real life and success you have imagined. This isn't wishy-washy new age rubbish. All it takes is a few minutes a day imagining past success and thinking how it would feel to succeed in the future.
- Have a routine. Cricket, like all games, is unpredictable but people tend to work best when they feel in control. To get this feeling of control during games you can give yourself a routine. It might be something as simple as putting on your left sock first or it could be a full plan with military precision. The more in control you feel the better you will play.
- Train like a professional. You no doubt have very little free time to train and play, but there is nothing stopping you from adopting a professional attitude the moment you enter the gym, go to the nets or step over the boundary line. Run your training sessions like a professional side and always have your 'game head' on.
If you want more details, you can get a detailed outline on all these elements in the PitchVision Academy courses section.