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Animated Fielding Drills Get Fit For Cricket


Fielding drills work on so many levels. When done well they increase your skills, show the opposition you are a well drilled unit during the warm up and build team unity.

We have a big drills archive on PitchVision Academy and this week it gets a new addition: the '4 stumps' drill. We used animation this time because it's a complex drill and sometimes it's easier to see it than try and work it out from still pictures. Let us know what you think.

There are also articles on making 'talent' something you can coach into less talented players, how to recover from a poor game and 3 ways to stop scoring slowly.

Have a great weekend 

David Hinchliffe

Fielding Drills: 4 Stump warm up

This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To act as a warm up drill that practices every ground fielding skill required in a match. Each stump is a different skill to execute.

Description: The coach (c) rolls the ball out to the first fielder who underarms at the stump. Fielder 2 backs up and throws the ball to the wicketkeeper (w) before running up to the same stump.

W then rolls the ball out for fielder 2 to chase, pickup and throw to fielder 3. Fielder 3 throws the ball on the bounce to fielder 4 who aims to hit the last stump.

This throw is backed up by the final fielder who returns the ball to the coach. Players follow the ball to rotate around the drill.

Below is a graphic breakdown of the drill. If you prefer to see the animated version of the drill click here








To see this drill animated click here

With thanks to Laurie Ward for this drill. If you have a drill you would like us to publish, please get in touch via email. 

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How to coach talent into players

Talent: you either got it or you aint. It can't be coached.

Can it?

Actually, according to research, talent can be developed by good coaching. You just have to know what to do to make it happen.

Think of it this way; how many sportsmen at the top of their game got there by God given talent alone?

Even 'naturals' like Tiger Woods or Ian Botham had to put in the hours of training and learning as boys to reach the heights of the game. Put simply; the scientific research shows that the harder you work the more talented you become.

But hard work is called hard work for a reason; it's not fun. Only the really dedicated are willing to put in the effort to bring talent levels up.

And that's where a good coach can make the difference.

1. Start them early

Talent is a relative thing. Nobody cares if a 10 year old can play Test cricket, but they do care how good they are compared to other kids around the same age.

So, if you start coaching a player at age 4, he will have had more practice than most and so be more 'talented' in relative terms.

This doesn't even need to be cricket specific skills. A young player who has learned the basics of hitting a ball, running, throwing and jumping from an early age will have a head start even before they pick up a plastic bat.

2. Keep the success coming

A young player with a talent head start can keep this rolling with an effect called the 'talent multiplier'.

You see, people get motivated to practice when they succeed. So if you give them lots of small successes they practice more and get more talented.

That means when you are planning coaching, make it easy for a player to succeed at little things along the way. You do this by:

  • Setting up a practice with a specific goal
  • Giving instant feedback on the goal
  • Allow players to adjust until they get it right

We all know the good feeling of trying to do something an getting it right, especially if you have failed a couple of times before, so develop that feeling in practice and start building the internal motivation players need.

A simple example of this is to set up a game for driving where you have to hit the ball through cones. Let players try and hit it (a specific goal) while you give technical tips. They get an instant feedback loop (did it go through the target or not) and help to adjust from your tips.

3. Push when you need to

Although motivation is much more powerful when it comes from the player themselves, sometimes you need to push externally to give talent a kick start.

On the surface this is doing things like telling a player you will give them a polo every time they hit the bowling target or introducing a competitive element to games.

On a deeper level, every motivational 'trick' you use must be aimed ultimately and getting players to be self-motivated because that's what really works.

If players want to be good they have to be good because they like playing and practicing cricket. No amount of parental promises of buying stuff or threats of stopping pocket money will work on it's own.

So yes, talent can be coached and all good coaches should be making sure they are trying to coach it too. If you are not building self-motivation as a coach you are not doing a good job at creating players who love the game. 

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How to have a disaster of a match (and still play the next day)
You are not alone. We have all had cricketing days we want to forget.
It doesn't have to be as dramatic as a golden duck or being hit for 25 in an over either. The context of the failure is just as important.
Imagine you are batting in a run chase, you are going well and looking likely to win when you lose concentration, play a poor shot and give your wicket away when you are set.

Get on with it: 3 ways to stop scoring too slowly

Being a slow scorer is like being the person who takes the last cake at tea without asking; it smacks of selfishness.

And no one wants to be accused of being selfish.

Avoiding this accusation can do weird things to even talented batsmen. I've seen otherwise sane club 1st XI openers slash across the line to good length balls just to stop themselves playing out 2 maidens in a row.


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Welcome to this week's guide to playing and coaching better cricket.

I'm David Hinchliffe and I'm Director of the PitchVision Academy team. With this newsletter you are benefitting directly from over 25 Academy coaches. Our skills include international runs and wickets, first-class coaching, cutting-edge research and real-life playing experience.


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Date: 2010-08-06