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The new year brings new ambitions, wherever you are. We like to make it simple for you so there is the first of a 6 week set of coaching plans from ECB EPP Coach Iain Brunnschweiler.

Plus we look at more mowling advice, talk about coach toolkits and ask you what your goal is for 2014.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Kick Start Your New Year: 6 Week Cricket Coaching Session Plans and Drills from Iain Brunnschweiler


Are you a coach hunting for instant use "no fuss" cricket drills and practices for your team?

Iain Brunnschweiler, England Performance Programme Coach, has come to the rescue with a brand new 6 week series of session plans, including video demonstrations of drills. All you need to do is pick up the session plan and get to practice.

Click here to get week 1 drills now.

Each week, for the next 6 weeks, this series will bring you streaming video ideas to use for:


  • A warm up game
  • A net practice
  • A fielding drill
  • A wicketkeeping drill
  • An exclusive tip

Each mini-course contains videos that you can watch then take straight to your next practice session or game warm up. Perfect for pre-season preparation, or a fresh approach to the middle of your season after a Christma break.

All the drills are tried and tested at a range of levels from club under 11 players to the professionals at Hampshire County Cricket Club. They work, and they work quickly.

Which means you get excited and motivated young players who perform better on the pitch: More runs, more wickets, more wins and more fun!

Each mini-course will last you a week, and are priced to make sure they are easy on the pocket, yet by the end you will have a range of ideas and drills that you can use out of the box, or mix up as you see fit.

Week one will help your players catch better and stay motivated while improving their bowling accuracy.

Click here to get week 1 drills now.

And remember to come back next week for a brand new set of drills!

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Ask the Readers: What's Your Goal for This Year?

Welcome to the new year, and a renewed ambition to achieve your goals. So today I want to know, what is your goal for 2015?

I'm asking because I want to know more about the readers of PitchVision Academy. I already know there is an unending passion for becoming a cricketer, fast bowling and drills, now I want to know how you are using the advice provided here.

Click here to complete the survey (should take you less than 1 minute)

It's anonymous, but it will help me to understand more about what you want in the coming months on PitchVision Academy.

If you want to leave more than the survery allows, you can also add a comment at the bottom of this article.

Whatever your ambition, make it real this year with the help of PitchVision Academy!

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The Most Effective Coaches Have the Most Resources at Their Disposal

Last week, I wrote an article which led to significant debate on the site. This is brilliant, exactly what we are looking for.

The drill that I wrote about was an option to use when you’re faced with a fast bowler who sweeps the back leg under the line of their body going into Back Foot Contact (BFC). Pitchvision Academy fast bowling coach, Ian Pont gave some views and opinions in the comments section and offered another set of drills that can help bowlers to deal with the same technical challenge.


Having viewed Ian’s excellent courses, I have taken on some of the drills that Ian uses and had some success with players both in the professional and development game.

Equally, I have had success with the drill that was featured last week and also had success with other drills that I have picked up from the likes of Troy Cooley, Kevin Shine, Alan Donald, Stuart Barnes and Otis Gibson. All are options for the same technical challenge.

"The most effective people in the world are the ones with the most resources at their disposal" – Louise Deeley, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner.

The reason why it is vital to have a number of approaches, drills and methods for any given coaching situation is that we are dealing with human beings, with a variety of motor profiles, preferences for learning, preferences for language with a need for variety of styles and methods of input.

At the most simple level, there are 192 different personality types (a mishmash of 16 styles with 12 combinations of motivations) and this is before we even factor in the influence that external stimuli has on the way that humans behave at any given time.

As a result of this, the requirements for any person (bowler in this case) are likely to be different from others in their peer group.

Does the Magic Bullet exist?

Paul Erlich developed the concept called the "Magic Bullet" that stated a specific disease-causing organism could be targeted by a specific chemical without harming human tissue.

This was back in the early 1900’s and was the precursor for treatments such as Chemotherapy.

Yet the view of many human performance scientists and many of the world’s leading authorities on education and learning is that there is no Magic Bullet for teaching and coaching.

If we were machines, without emotions or differences in the way we walk, talk, think and move then a Magic Bullet approach would be perfect, yet (thankfully) this is not the case.

How boring would coaching and, in fact, cricket be if everyone was the same?

Would there actually be a need for a cricket coach if everyone was the same?

"The Player is the University and the Coach is the Student" – Bertrand Théraulaz

The “great” coaches have lots of tools.

They also take the position of the student. Taking time to learn about the athlete and then choosing the resource, drill and approach based on the needs of that person.

I talk and write about this all the time and make no apologies for that.

So my advice is to learn from the excellent advice and drills that Ian Pont refers to in his coaching courses on the site, add in the drill that I mentioned, seek out others and continually develop your own ones. Then apply the ones best suited to any given player or athlete.

I love discussion and debate. Discussion often leads to the development of alternative and additional resources from which we can all benefit.

So bring on your views, especially if you disagree!

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Quick Tip: Take the Strain Out of Preseason

For many, now is the time that the serious preseason work begins and hope for the new season turns to hard work in the nets.

As a PitchVision Academy reader you already know that standard net practice is not great, and you want to make to most of your time, but you also don't want to spend hours researching and planning things.

So put up your feet and let us do the work for you... at least the research part. You still have to do the nets part yourself.

Streetwise Bowling: The Preseason Bounce Pounce

This article is part of the "Streetwise Bowling" series from PitchVision Academy. To view the full list of tactics click here.

I'll be honest with you about this one, it's disgustingly simple. So much so you might shrug and go "so what?". Yet year after year I see young fast bowlers make this mistake in the early season and miss out on a bundle of wickets as more canny seamers take full advantage.

So, this edition of "Streetwise Bowling" is more of a story than a set of balls.


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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