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From every problem comes an opportunity. That might be a cliché but it's also true as Mark Garaway proved this week after a problem that will take some time to overcome.

Plus there is the podcast, an infographic and Iain Brunnschweiler on the power of saying nothing. Surprising for this newsletter? No way!

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

How to Make Opportunity from Chaos: A Real Life Example

Last week I wrote about how constraints led practice fast tracks development of batters against spin.

Last night I was faced with my own set of constraints as my beloved Millfield cricket "bubble" indoor facility was flattened by 'Storm Clodagh'.


The Millfield cricket program has 51 county age group, regional and international players within the program. It also provides every Millfield pupil with the opportunity to enjoy the great game in every week of the every academic term.

Yet, we will now be without a bespoke indoor cricket facility during the darkest wettest coldest months of the year.

An absolute disaster.

Or maybe not!

As Dan Helesfey and myself attempted to recover as much of training equipment as we possibly could (fear not, the PitchVision system is safe) we were also building contingency plans for the next couple of months.

We will have very limited access to net based facilities over the coming months yet we do have some wonderful sporting spaces at Millfield on campus that we can access and utilise to take our programme to the next level.

Fast Bowling Programme

Dan's fast bowling programme will now take place in and around the mezzanine floor within the amazing Millfield Aquatic Centre.

Dan has already penned the next phase of the programme which will include static and dynamic drills, medicine balls, overweight/underweight bowling, running drills on the track and utilising the wonderful Aerofloor with sand filled balls being bowled into a padded wall.

We do have one traditional net session per squad in each working week in an adjacent multi sports hall. So the technical elements that we practice on the mezzanine floor can support the craft elements that we will be focusing on in the net sessions.

Power Hitting

Steve Wilson's power hitting programme can really focus on developing understanding of when and how to hit the ball hard, maximising each individuals kinetic chain and specific movement patterns. This will both help to increase hand and ball launch speed.

Steve will use his well researched drills which include striking thousands of balls on the shot-shaper, using resistance bands, Swiss balls, medicine balls and hitting sand filled balls to help batters to hit the ball further than ever.

Again, we will use the net sections to test each individuals transfer from drills into match practice and also to assess the effectiveness of the hitting programme that we place around the players.

Fielding Programme

The throwing program will major on sharpening footwork into our throw, refining general throwing technique and significantly increasing throwing power and distance.

We shall also focus on diving techniques with the intention of every person within our cricket programme being able to dive both left and right with equal effectiveness.

The fielding program will take place on the mezzanine floor in the aquatic centre, squash courts, tennis courts, and hockey pitches around the campus.

What an opportunity!

So there you have it, a potentially disastrous situation that has led to a group of coaches coming up with plans which may turn out to be even better than the original ones we had lined up with the bespoke cricket facility in place.

What are you going to do when 'chaos' next descends on or around your coaching program?

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Cricket Show S6 Episode 47: The Bubble Bursts

Sam Lavery, Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe are back to talk about the problem of dealing with unexpected problems. With the Millfield "bubble" out of action, there are some creative solutions coming from all sides.


Then, listeners questions are answered on how to come back from a shoulder injury and ways to keep your head straight when you bowl.

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How to Set Up Players on PitchVision

This is a quick, simple guide to setting up a new player on the PitchVision Coach app for Windows.

If you can't see the video above, click here.

"Players" are anyone who will be using the system. It's important to set them up so they can view their videos and data after the session. However, once someone is set up, they will remain on the system. You only need to do it once. You can add players any time.

Find out more about PitchVision for clubs, schools and academies by clicking here.

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Graphic: Balancing Batting Tradition with Creative Shots

If you ever wonder how much you should practice traditional shots and creative new shots, answer the four questions in this graphic and get your answer (with thanks to Sam Lavery for the information).

Iain Brunnschweiler on the Power of Saying Nothing

This is a guest article from England Performance Programme Coach and Head of Inspired Cricket, Iain Brunnschweiler. For more coaching tips, drills and ideas from Brunchy, click here.

Let me set you a challenge: At your next coaching session, see how long you can go through it without giving any advice.

There is a lot of power in saying nothing.


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: 2015-12-04