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PitchVision: Improve Your Cricket

Do you want to grow your cricket? Then PitchVision is the home of online coaching and self-improvement in the game. Bring your "growth mindset" to better technique, better tactics, more skill and a winning team. All these things are possible if you play the game to improve rather than prove.

Read, watch, listen, work, improve. That's the PitchVision way.

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How to gain the psychological edge

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Dave is a budding leg spin bowler putting in a lot of practice and keeping track of things on his blog. One of the critical factors for his team is getting the early advantage:

"I reckon we've got the psychological edge on them already, they'll all be thinking now - 'that's why that twat walks around with a cricket ball all the time' then realise I've been doing so for months and that we might be serious about this!? The plan is coming together - I can smell victory already, we've already won the psychological battle, all we need to do is turn the screws a bit more......"

The 2 secrets of great club cricket captaincy

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Have you ever captained your club team? If you have you know how it can seem like playing chess while running a marathon.

To keep yourself from going insane you need reliable bedrock principles to fall back on.

In club cricket these principles can be applied at any time to remind yourself why you are there in the first place:

Frequently Asked Questions ( about PitchVision Academy)

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Got a question related to PitchVision miCricketCoach? Here are the most common questions answered.

If you have emailed me and the answer is in here then I won’t reply to save us both time. Don’t be offended, I still love you.

What are your odds of succeeding as a cricketer?

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Picture yourself playing for your country: The pinnacle of cricketing achievement.

How realistic a dream is it to you?

If you are anything like me no doubt you still think it's possible. It might be the faintest hope going (I'm 31 and never played first class cricket) but it's still secretly in there.

Ignoring that crazy pride and looking at the facts: 99% of people who play cricket will never go on to represent their country. Does that mean you can only succeed if you are in that lucky talented 1%?

Why you don’t like warming up

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Cricket is like football when it comes to training.

As James Hamilton recently said, the both games started as a pastime where practice was akin to cheating.

So it's no wonder that your attitude to practice and warming up is still:

"Training - learning - developing - aren't fun, and isn't [sport] meant to be fun?"

The cricketing benefits of swimming

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Used properly, swimming can be a powerful tool in your cricket training armoury. As we discussed yesterday, there are times when even the hardest training players need to rest. It's vital for recovery and success.

On days like this, activities like swimming are the perfect way to rest and stay active.

How resting can improve your cricket

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It might seem odd, but one of the most important factors in your cricket performance is the amount of rest you get.

If you get too much rest your body responds by putting on weight, losing strength and making your skills rusty. Meanwhile too little rest leads to overtraining and an equal drop. It's a delicate balance to get right but one that is vital if you want to improve your game.

The rules of resting

The secret of positive thinking in cricket

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Of all the clichés in sport, 'think positive' must be up there with the best. What does that it mean and can it improve your game of cricket?

Used right, a positive mental outlook can make a big difference to your game.

Many studies over the last 40 years have looked into the power of mental training and have found:

Improve your bowling and throwing with stable shoulders

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One of the hot athletic fitness topics of the moment is how to prevent injury and increase power in throwing.

As cricketers we should all be interested in that, especially bowlers whose shoulders regularly get quite a beating. Both benefits come from improving the stability and mobility of your shoulder muscles as part of an overall training programme: