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It’s an exciting week for coaching as current international and IPL superstar JP Duminy joins the team.

That means you get to find out his secrets in a series of videos available right now. The best part is that it’s totally free.

Read the article to find out more.

Plus we have the usual tips, this time wicketkeepers and fast bowlers are under the coaching spotlight.

Have a great weekend, 

David Hinchliffe

The Need for Speed Challenge: How Fast Can You Get in 30 Days?

If there is one thing I have learned about the fast bowler’s union it’s this: there is a real passion, hunger and knowledge for bowling with pace.

But there is also frustration at the lack of coaching advice that helps you get quicker.

As Ian Pont often says; there is a terrible fear in the cricket world that really fast bowlers are also really injured bowlers. Coaches want to do no harm so they do no coaching to improve speed.

It’s nonsense of course.

And where better to prove it, with your help, than right here?

So I have a simple challenge for you.

How fast can you get?

If you are a fast bowler I want you to take this challenge:

How much can you improve your speed in 30 days?

The best improvement will win a prize, but it’s not really about prizes it’s about testing yourself and making an improvement of which you are proud.

It’s really very simple to enter. Here is what you do.

1. Clock yourself

Before we can see improvement we need to know where you are starting. Clock yourself bowling with either a speed gun or PitchVision (if you want to know where your nearest PV system is, contact us with your address).

I know there are other ways to check your speed, so use them if you must, but they are much less accurate.

I know it’s possible to cheat by not going flat out - or just plain lying - but don’t. It defeats the object of self improvement.

2. Setup a training log

When you have your number head to the training logs section and set up a log by clicking “Post new forum topic.”

Introduce yourself and tell us the results of your first speed test.

3. Show us your workings

From this point you have 30 days to get as quick as you can. How you use this time is up to you, but you need to show us what you are doing.

It’s best to outline your plan up front (to give you some accountability) but it’s more important to track exactly what you are doing (including slip-ups).

This could include:
  • Cricket training (net sessions and the like)
  • Technical changes (and the drills you are using to make the changes)
  • Diet and exercise
  • Lifestyle changes (rest, sleep, non-cricket recreation i.e. TV, computer time)
  • How you are feeling about your new regime

But it really is up to you. Just make sure that you post any changes you make to training, diet, lifestyle and technique over the course of the 30 days. It's impossible to be perfect, so also include the days when things don't go to plan.

For some tips and methods to try, get your head into articles on PitchVision here:

4. After 30 days, clock yourself again

When the 30 days are up, it’s time to clock your new speed. Use the same method at the same venue at the same time of the day to make it as even as possible.

Post your new speed in your log then email me the link to your log (I’ll be keeping an eye open on the logs but I’ll need your email to track everyone properly).

The best improvement will win a prize.

Start by 18th September 2011

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the prize you have to start your 30 days before (or on) 18th September. This gives you time to get clocked before you start making changes.

That way, we can build up a database of how effective methods are with real bowlers.

Don’t cheat (I know it would be easy, but don’t as you are only cheating yourself).

Of course, you don’t have to enter the competition to take the challenge. This really is more about you than it is about the prizes. You could just set yourself the challenge and track yourself privately.

But entering gives you a chance to share ideas with the mavericks that also have your passion for bucking the trend and bowling really fast.

Plus, you can track how fast you can really get in 30 days.

So, clock yourself now and setup that log! 

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How to Play Like JP Duminy

Gifted international batsman, athletic fielder and IPL superstar: JP Duminy even has a bit of a bowl.

There’s no doubt he is a thoroughly modern professional cricketer, and one that has worked hard to become successful. You could do a lot worse than emulate him.

It’s for that reason that we chose JP to be the latest superstar to join PitchVision Academy.

And he kicks it all off today by giving away a series of video-based coaching tips that you can start putting into action in your game.

How do you get the tips?
Yep, as simple as that.

The link takes you to JP’s page on PitchVision Academy that outlines everything you need to know about his forthcoming course and the free videos.

Where else are you going to get the chance to learn from a current international and IPL player?

Click here to learn how to play like JP Duminy

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Cricket Show 127: End of British Summer

With the nights getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere, we sum up our club cricket seasons and discuss the latest cricketer to join PitchVision Academy – JP Duminy.

Burners has a game left, but our case study club – Watsonian – are done and already planning for the winter and following summer.

We also answer your questions this week on coming back after a long lay-off and how important “peaking” is to club cricket. 


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How to Keep Wicket with Sore Hands

Wicketkeeping is a tough job. It’s made more difficult when you have been keeping a lot because your hands get bruised and sore.

When the ball thuds into your gloves hard and you wince, it’s only natural to become reluctant to catch the ball. When that happens you start making simple mistakes and looking foolish.

Just ask MS Dhoni.

The Don Draper guide to manly cricket

Don Draper, the brooding lead character in the award-winning TV show Mad Men, is quite the chap to look up to: Handsome, intelligent, masculine.

But what’s that got to do with being a cricketer?

He may be a fictional character from a bygone era, but he has more to do with bowling, batting and fielding than you might think.

Here are two things you can learn about being an exceptional player from everyone’s favourite womanising advertising genius:


About PitchVision Academy

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: 2011-09-02