The Junior Cricketer’s Guide to PitchVision Academy
This guide for young cricketers aged 8-18 is of a series of introductory guides to PitchVision Academy, for the full list click here.
Cricket is a game that takes a long time to learn and even longer to master. Coaches, parents and plenty of others are on hand to help with advice for your matches. You wonder if you are the next Tendulkar or just another kid.
You are playing matches at your age group and you passion is growing. You want to learn more, improve faster and become a star player. You want to have fun with your friends and you know how much fun it is to win!
PitchVision Academy wants to give you a leg up on your journey. So while it is up to you to put in the hard work, here is our guide to playing (and winning) junior cricket:
- Fitness Training for 8-18 Year Old Cricketers
- The 6 Best Fitness Tips for Junior Cricketers
- 5 Reasons Why Strong is Better
- Revealed: The Dirty Little Secret That Makes the Best Fast Bowlers
- Core Training for Batsmen
- Why you Shouldn’t Go Jogging
- How to Stretch After Bowling
- 2 Ways Your Junior Teams can Win More Matches
- Batting Enlightenment: Discover How to Play Your Own Way
- Improve Your Batting With Simple Changes to Your Setup
- How to Quickly Pick Line and Length
- Consistency and Rhythm: Fast Bowling Technique
- Become a Better Spinner with This Free 8 Week Course of Tips and Drills
- Become a Classy Leg Spin Bowler (Even if You Don’t Have a Coach)
- How To Play the Perfect On, Off and Straight Drive
- A Good Pull Shot Crushes Bowler's Spirits
- How to Use a Tennis Ball to Improve Your Catching
- Playing a Full Toss
- The Richard Levi Guide to Twenty20 Six Hitting
- Why you Need a Low Backlift
- Here’s an Alternative Technique to Combat Swing Bowling
- 2 Simple Ways to Innovate Without Switch Hit or Helicopter Shot
- How to Play Spin
- The Hierarchy of Playing Spin
- When to Use Your Pads
- How to Play Like JP Duminy
- How to Play the Reverse Sweep
- Learn to Bowl Faster from the Stars: Ashok Dinda
- Don’t Do These 5 Things When Bowling Fast
- How to Bowl With a Slingy Action
- If You Can Bowl Yorkers You Can Write Your Own Cheque for the IPL
- Wicket Keeping Secret: Posture is Everything!
- Avoid Being Left Behind When Walking In
- 5 Mistakes You Never Knew You Were Making In the Field
- How to Use Relay Throws
- Specialist Fielding Tactics and Practice
- Stumpings: Use these First-Class Secrets to Unlock Your Potential to Change Games
- How to get Wickets with Spin, Swing or Pace Bowling
- How to Exploit Batting Weaknesses
- Tactics you Should be Using: Bowl Around the Wicket
- Tactics you Should Be Using: Leave the Field Up
- Tactics you Should be Using: Attacking from the Boundary
- Tactics you should be using: tip and run
- Are you Bowling Aggressive Dot Balls?
- When to Adjust Your Bowling Length
- Playing As a Unit: How to Use A Common Cricket Cliché to Improve your Cricket Team
- The #1 Rule for Top Order Batsmen (Even if you are Aggressive)
- Bat the Indiana Jones Way
- Goal Setting for Batting
- Confound your Critics, Tear Up the Form Book and Bounce Back From Defeat
- Confident Batting Starts Long Before you Walk Out to Bat
- How to Chase a Batting Total like a Marathon Runner
- Is Your Frame Stopping You from Scoring Runs?
- Here’s A Simple Way to Improve Your Strike Rotation
- Improve Your Wicketkeeper and Improve Your Cricket Team
- How Team Targets can Help your Cricket
- How to Win Low Scoring Cricket Matches
- Warning: Thinking Can Seriously Hurt Your Cricket
- How to Take a Wrecking Ball to the Opposition's Innings
- Building the Wall: The 1 Sure-Fire Way to Prevent a Batting Collapse
- Putting On the Squeeze: How to Take Wickets in Limited Overs Games
- 2 Ways to Beat a Better Team
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May I ask a quick question. The 3 knee drill, what is the point of lifting the block leg before it lands to plant. You and Ian say its to engage the hip flexors, but I don't see why you would want to, your not running off that foot, your planting it. I also see some of the fastest have a knee lift, like Thompspn, Lee, and Marshall, but there are others who dont, like Akthar and Cath Dalton.
Thanks for your time.
If you lift your knees like the three knee drill suggests, you will gain momentum through the crease, which will increase pace.
In my opinion, the best way to increase pace is to practice bowling the ball at maximum force.
Over time your body and muscles will adapt and get faster.
A good foundation of diet and exercise will benefit like anything.