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With it now possible to have video at every game, how do you avoid information overload?

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Plus there are articles on coaching sessions and developing competence in cricket.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis in Modern Cricket

With every ball of every cricket match on video these days, how do you avoid overload?


One of the biggest criticisms of PV/MATCH is the automatic video capture of every ball in training and matches is too much information. You end up spending all your time analysing every tiny detail and forget to actually play.

The critics call this effect “paralysis by analysis”, and it’s true that it is an easy habit to slip into.

But the solution is not to avoid video technology.

That’s like never going to a library to do research because there are too many books and you might faint with the information overload of all those words.

Instead, you get clever with how you use the data.

Put technique second

Studies in golf and cycling have shown performance is better if you focus on tactics instead of techniques during play.

This echos an article on PitchVision that talks about the best way to bat.

So, the first thing you look at when going back over video is not your technique, but how you performed in the situation.

  • Did you choose the best tactics for that moment?
  • Did the plan work?
  • Did you exhibit useful body language?

For all these questions, you can also work out what you would do next time, and what you look to change. Then take these ideas into training and your next match to avoid mistakes and further boost your strengths.

Look at the good things

It’s natural to go over to the replay screen and watch every ball that got hit for six or replay your dismissal again and again. Avoid this.

Instead, build up a picture of all the things you you do well: fours out of the middle, good balls you bowl, technical things you are happy with. This is not only to boost your ego (although it does a bit) it’s also to draw an accurate picture of what you do well; so you can do it more next time.

It also allows you to reassure yourself in the middle that you know what works. It gives you a robust confidence that your tactic is the right one, and you are able to put it into action (because you have before). It’s this robust confidence that is vital to good play. Far more than any copybook technique.

Let the video worry for you

Finally, if you must worry about technique (and most people will, especially batsmen) then be reassured, the video can worry about your technique while you clear your mind and get on with playing.

Then when the game is over and you wonder if something technical is holding you back, take a look at the video. But only after you have spent time looking at the good things first.

This is where you can use video to understand rather than worry.

By al means, work on technical things at practice off the back of this. Just remember that when you get back into the match, let the video worry about your technique so you can get back to runs and wickets.

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PV/MATCH - Open for Orders!



How are you going to approach Scoring in 2018?

The same as last year?

Things have changed. We live in a social media age. Cricket Scoring has changed... but perhaps not quite enough to keep pace. People expect more information; they expect video content – and they want it on their phones or on the web. More importantly, people want more than just the scores. If they can’t be there in person, they want to understand and experience ‘what actually happened’. They want to share the excitement, triumph, or tragedy. If they are there in person, they want to be able to save the moment, to re-live and share their experiences over and over again.

Have you thought about how you, your Club, League, or School are going to capture the match-day experience in 2018?

Have you thought about improving the way your teams share scores through social media as the game progresses?

Have you thought about the power of video to help improve your player’s technique, support your sponsors, and help keep friends and family engaged and involved?

Have you thought about how video capture aids Kids participation, and ensures irreplaceable match history is being saved for the future and posterity?

In 2018 you’re looking for: - A scoring system with online scorecards updated in real-time with fully edite Video from up to 3 cameras. - A scoring system with ‘one-push’ sharing of scores, video highlights, and stats to Facebook, Twitter and the PV App. - A scoring system that works for up to 9 hours entirely without mains power or internet connection. - A scoring system with the easiest-to-use scoring software in world. - A video scoring system that fits in a backpack and is quick and easy to set up and start operating. - A system that’s comes backed up by a 3-year national contract with and endorsed by Cricket South Africa - A video scoring system with no compulsory fees or paywall, no ongoing annual licence fees or hidden costs – and entirely optional Membership fees for extra platform benefits - Cricket Scoring technology that is already ‘Live Streaming ready’ with live streaming options available from March 2018.

PV/Match is nearly here!

...And for those who can’t wait, we are now open for advance orders, with delivery in December.





And for anyone who is just little undecided, then we have a handy little ‘early bird’ discount that should tip the balance. Order before 01 December 2017 and we’ll give you a special introductory offer of 20% off. From just £750 (ex Vat & delivery) you can be capturing every key moment and memory of you and your team’s season: saving for all time that great catch, that crucial wicket, that pure straight drive… and sharing it to all your stakeholders for all time.

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The Technical Session Mix to Brighten your Coaching Day

Every Friday, I head down to Millfield Prep School and work as an assistant coach for a good friend of mine, Head of Cricket Dave Beal. Dave played 1st Class cricket for Somerset and since then has helped developed countless 1st class cricketers in his time at Millfield.

It’s great being an assistant coach working with these 12 and 13 years olds because I can react off Dave’s excellent coaching plans, I can get back to being a proper coach, have a bit of giggle with the players and, for me, it’s an excuse to become a bit of a kid again!

Dave planned and ran a batting against spin specific session last Friday which contained 4 elements split into 4 nets. It was a bit like the “constraints drills” that I do with the older players at the senior school, but it fitted the bill perfectly:

  • Net 1: coming down the wicket to hit the ball hard along the ground
  • Net 2: springing back and pulling the ball through the leg side
  • Net 3: springing back and punching or cutting the ball through the offside
  • Net 4: Sweep shots

Dave ran through the drills showing fantastic technique and skill in each of the demonstrations. The kids had a really good idea of the shapes and processes that they needed to copy in order to give them the best chance of success in each of the drills.

We then broke the players up into groups with 15 minutes in each of the drill nets.

It was fantastic to view the children concentrating and practicing deliberately for the whole of the 15 minutes in each section.

Some sweeptastic questions to get the grey-matter going

I ran the sweep section and decided that I would ask a few quick questions to test the level of understanding that each group had around the sweep options.

  • Question 1: How many different types of sweep are they?
  • Question 2: What type of delivery or match situation would you play a slog sweep?
  • Question 3: What type of delivery or match situation would you play a paddle sweep?
  • Question 4: Give me 2 key coaching points that are important when you sweep?

After those quick fire questions, I was able to gauge the groups level of understanding (which was incredible for their age) and we then started to hit six consecutive hard sweeps from my feeds before swapping over.

The practical session

Each player had subtle differences in terms of their technical development areas so as they are waiting next to me, watching their mates hit balls I was able to deliver some coaching instructions before they then faced their next 6 hard sweep deliveries.

So as Freddie is hitting his 6 balls, Harrison and I have the following coaching conversation:

“What’s your biggest challenge in that last 6 balls then Harrison?”

“Balance Sir, I keep wobbling just as I’m going to hit the ball”

“OK, have a go at getting your right knee on the ground next time because three points of contact on the floor (two feet, one knee) may help you to become more balanced. Give it a go and see what happens?”

So as Harrison is hitting his six balls, Freddie and I have the following coaching conversation:

“How did you go there Freddie?”

“Not bad but I don’t feel as if I’m able to hit the ball very hard coach!”

“I agree, there is definitely more power in these arms but in order for you to let that power out, you need to have them extended at point of contact with the ball. Can you show me how you would chop a tree down with the least amount of whacks?”

Freddie shows me demonstrating a lower centre of gravity and his arms swinging from bent to extended at perceived contact point. “That’s it bud, now do that to the next six balls and see how you go”

The boys added at least 25% of development in the space of 15 minutes because they hit 24 balls each in a focussed and deliberate manner with a couple of relevant coaching points to work on.

As you can imagine, with the youth of today and the influences around them, a couple of reverse sweeps came out but were played very well.

End of session review

When Dave asked all the other coaches about their experience across their 4 mini sessions and they reported similar experiences to myself. It showed that Dave had set up the session perfectly, the players reacted brilliantly and the coaches had the best hour of the week.

It’s so easy to have a net session in all your groups sessions but Dave changes it up every few weeks so players can learn the fundamental techniques in isolation before applying those heightened skills back into the next net session.

Try mixing up your session content to inject higher standards into your net and middle practice. Just like Dave.

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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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