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Free coaching results (and a call for a 2009 volunteer)

The 2008 case study series was an interesting time for both miCricket Coach and the participants. I thought it might be interesting for you to see the results from the 2008 study.

I also want announce a brand new study for 2009 based on the experiences of 2008.

What was the 2008 case study?

Back in January I announced I would be offering free personalised advice to 10 club level cricketers in the UK. The advice included mental training tips, fitness advice, nutritional analysis and coaching.

After a long selection process, the participants went from February to April (preseason) being analysed and coached by me via email.

What did the participants say?

Here is a selection of how the participants found the study:

  • "It did help my cricket and I will continue to use your methods during the winter."
  • "Both I and my son took part in this case study. He had his most successful season ever in the 1st XI, picking up the young player of the year trophy. I was a member of the 2nd XI who achieved promotion, as champions of our league! All in all the study went very well and was a really worthwhile opportunity to take."
  • "This analysis though made me address both my batting and bowling - thinking through my concerns which gave me more confidence batting. I batted better than I had for years! When I bowled just felt I had more control. I went for less runs and was more confident."

Although this is a selection of comments, I can honestly say I did not get on bit of negative feedback from the participants in the study.

What did miCricketCoach say?

The response to this case study was excellent and I had to turn down many more people than I accepted.

This was a unique experience for me as coach. I have never done so much intense one on one style coaching only via email before. The largest challenging was managing the participants.

I can say that due to my underestimation of the workload there was a higher dropout rate than I would have wanted. However, the guys who stuck with it really saw the benefits both short and long term.

What happens next?

Update: The 2009 Case Study is now closed to new applications.

With the 2008 study over and overall a success I want to build on things with a brand new 2009 study: This time with an intense focus on one person.

As a volunteer I'll give you free personalised coaching on cricket skills, fitness, nutrition and mental skills. I say personalised because everyone has different fitness levels, skill, time constraints and availability of equipment. Don't worry what your circumstances are, we can adapt.

In return I'll need you to:
  • Be prepared to be part of the study for a minimum of 3 months (with the option of going on longer).
  • Follow the advice I give you via email and telephone contact.
  • Complete a diary of your experiences (this may be written, video or audio depending on your circumstances).

I can only accept people aged 18 or over. You should be a regular club cricketer (of any standard). You can live anywhere in the world. You can remain anonymous if you prefer.

If you are interested please email or call me with your name, age and location. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Update: The 2009 Case Study is now closed to new applications.


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I would like to be a part of the study, but i'm under 18. Please could you take me?

Over 18's only, sorry Dhruv.

i just sent you an email with my details hopefully it went through

Great stuff Brad.

i don't know if you got my e-mail earlier. I also tried to contact you via twitter, but I'm not very good at getting replies through that yet.
I am 59 and a club cricketer. Am I too old to be a case study?

You are never too old! What email did you send it to please?

I don't know I thought I had sent it to a box like this on page

but it was a yellow box on one of the micoach pages, I can't remember which, and I can't find a record of it in my sent box. I sent a general enquiry about being a case study.

What information do you require and where would be a confidential secure place to send it?

if you want to be in the study you can email me on directly. Or you can call me on +44 (0) 208 144 5401. As there is only one place this year I will have to select (there are already several applications) but I will consider everyone.

Hello Sir,

I am ECB Level 2 Coach and I am interested to be getting free coaching as a volunteer for 2009, I am 45 years and based in India.


Mahesh Hatkar

You need to email or call me Mahesh: or +44 (0) 208 144 5401.

I would love to be a part of the study. I play club cricket in South Africa. I am 24 years old and am employed at a high school where I do 1st teams cricket coaching, fittness and conditioning, along with other sports. I have played club cricket in both England and Scotland. Would love to learn as much as I can as cricket is my passion.
If you would like me to send my CV please let me know.

Kind regards

I would like to be a part of the study. I have been coaching in schools & colleges and also coaching in academy for the past 10 years, I am ECB Level 2 cricket coach and have been touring U.K for the past 7 years along with teams of U-15 & U-19 as a Coach/ Manager.

I would like to further enhance my cricket knowledge and keep learning new things.

Folks, you need to email or call me: or +44 (0) 208 144 5401.

Dear David, although I am not very fluent on the qwerty keyboard I am very interested in your email proposal for the coming year and season. Please could you put my name forward as a potential candidate for the trials. Simon.

You need to email or call Simon. Don't leave it too late I'm choosing the winner today: or +44 (0) 208 144 5401.