Private Coaching Is Back!

Recently, the ECB announced that private coaching can now take place across the UK. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Amersham CC to give everyone the opportunity to book in a private coaching session. The cost of these sessions will be £30 per hour. If you would like to book a session please click here and fill in the form at least 48 hours before you would like to have it. We hope you are as excited as us to get back out playing cricket again! 

Important Note

We of course need to follow the guidelines set out by the ECB and Amersham CC, so please read below before attending one of these sessions. 

  1. One player per session. A coach will not be allowed to coach more than one player at a time unless the players are all from the same household (up to a maximum of 2 players).
  2. Please keep 2 metres apart where at all possible.
  3. Please bring your own cricket/tennis balls if you can.
  4. Please do not wear cricket shoes with spikes.
  5. Please do not turn up if you or anyone in your household have any of the symptoms of coronavirus: fever, continuous cough, loss or change of smell. We will fully refund you if this is the case. 
  6. No cash will be accepted on the day. Please send your payment to the Cricket Vision bank account. Account number: 19136768, Sort Code: 30-13-30.
  7. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
  8. Please book your session in at least 48 hours before you want it to take place.
  9. Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your session and please leave no later than 5 minutes after the session.

We look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks! 

All the best, 

The Cricket Vision Team

At Home Cricket: Week 8

There we have it, 30 at home cricket videos incorporating challenges, tips and tricks to keep you busy at home during lockdown. We are now seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and private coaching will be starting in due course, which we will advertise as and when the clubs give us the go ahead. Below is a little write up on the challenges this week. 

Day 28 – Hitting The Gap

This is a great drill to really bring together a lot of the batting videos we have done during our #athomecricket campaign. Grab some non breakable objects from your house and place them around the wickets, leaving a few gaps in between them. It is up to you how big or small you make the gaps and how many objects you choose to use. Get someone to feed you a few balls and then see how many you can hit through the gaps before hitting an object. If you really want to impress, see if you can play some of the shots we have done during this campaign. 

Day 29 – Cut Shot

This has a few similar technique points to the pull shot in the fact you want to go back and across together with ensuring your bat path goes from high to low. The aim of the shot is to hit the ball down along the ground. To help, you may want to set out a target area so you can aim to make sure the ball bounces before going through it. Grab a partner to feed you some balls and see how many you can get through the target in 6 attempts! 

Day 30 – Egg Catch

We thought that this was a bit of a fun one to finish on, but make sure you don’t break all the eggs in the house… wouldn’t want to miss out on some eggs on toast in the morning now would you! The reason behind doing this drill is to ensure that you cushion the ball when you catch it. If you simply just stick your hands out and let a cricket ball drop into your hands, it is going to hurt! If it is an egg however, it may not hurt but it will break. If it breaks, it will show you that you are not cushioning it enough. Of course if someone throws it very hard at you, the egg will inevitably break so go easy with the throwing! 

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The videos from us may be stopping but this doesn’t mean you have to stop having a go and sending in your videos. If you send your videos in before 7th June, you will be in the chance of winning a couple of tickets to Lord’s. To remind you on how you can send in your videos, these can be either via WhatsApp (07388352243), email (athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk) or DM us on Instagram (@cricketvision1).

But as they say… That’s a wrap!

At Home Cricket: Week 7

We have now come to the end of our penultimate week… doesn’t time fly! Together with our last three videos next week, we will be uploading some of our coaches having a go to see if you can beat them so keep an eye out. Here is the low down of this week’s challenges…

We have now come to the end of our penultimate week… doesn’t time fly! Together with our last three videos next week, we will be uploading some of our coaches having a go to see if you can beat them so keep an eye out. Here is the low down of this week’s challenges…

Day 25 – Round The World Combo

If you found our other bat keep ups easy then here is a more challenging one to have a go at. Start with doing bat keep ups on the face of the bat. Then do the round the world where you bounce the ball on the side, back, side and then face again. After one bounce on the face – flip the bat over to do one bounce on the handle of the bat. 

Day 26 – Ruth Strauss Foundation #26tapchallenge 

We thought that it was fitting to make day 26 a 2.6 challenge. We chose to support the Ruth Strauss Foundation and had a go at their #26tapchallenge. Due to lots of events being cancelled, lots of charities are struggling to fundraise during these times. Therefore, if you are close to a charity, please do get involved with a 2.6 challenge if they are running one and do donate if you can. 

If you would like to help the Ruth Strauss Foundation then please follow the instructions Tim set out. If you can donate then please click here. 

Day 27 – Catching Your Balance

Keeping your balance is key in cricket so we have integrated this into a catching drill. This is a simple one to set up. Grab three tennis balls and a household member. Take each of your feet and balance them on a tennis ball. Then get your household member to throw the third ball for you to catch. How many can you get before losing your balance? Don’t forget to send in your efforts. 

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We hope you are enjoying the challenges and don’t forget to send in your videos for the chance to win two tickets to Lord’s. Send your videos via WhatsApp on 07388352243, via email on athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk or DM us on Instagram (@cricketvision1).

Stay safe!

At Home Cricket: Week 6

As you may have noticed there were only two videos this week due to the bank holiday on Friday. I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the lovely weather if you live in the London vicinity! We now have just two more weeks…

As you may have noticed there were only two videos this week due to the bank holiday on Friday. I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the lovely weather if you live in the London vicinity! We now have just two more weeks of our ‘At Home Cricket’ campaign with the competition to win tickets to Lord’s extended until 7th June so you still have time to send in your videos. 

Day 23 – Reaction Catching 4

This one can be done with a football and a tennis ball. You can do this on your own or with a partner. The video explains how you can do this on your own but if you decide to do this with a partner make sure that the person who is dropping the balls ensures they direct the tennis ball to the person catching it. You can then aim the ball in different directions to test the person catching it. When catching the ball, make sure you really keep your eyes on the ball all the way into your hands. 

Day 24 – Loo Roll Flip

This is a bit of a fun one. Grab a loo roll and a bat. Then see how many times you can flip the loo roll successfully in a row. I must say there is no real technique to this! Have a go and don’t forget to send in your videos. 

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Please don’t forget to send in your videos to us of you having a go at our challenges. It really does put a smile on our faces seeing your efforts. We are sure you are much better than Tim anyway so don’t hesitate and send in your attempts via either email (athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk), WhatsApp (07388352243) or DM us on Instagram (@cricketvision1). 

At Home Cricket: Week 5

We announced this week that we will now be posting videos three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have made this decision as the Easter holidays are over and there are a lot more activities happening now in households around the country (home schooling etc). However, we would love to hear from you about what you want to see more…

We announced this week that we will now be posting videos three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have made this decision as the Easter holidays are over and there are a lot more activities happening now in households around the country (home schooling etc). However, we would love to hear from you about what you want to see more of or anything new you want to see in our videos. If you have any requests from us please get in touch and email athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk. Below you can see a little write up on each of the videos from this week!

Day 20 – Head Catch

All you need is a tennis ball for this, or any type of ball for that matter… maybe not a glass one though! There is no real technique to this but it will help with improving your hand eye coordination. Of course the heavier the ball is the harder it becomes, so you can start with a tennis ball and work your way up to a cricket ball. 

Day 21 – Pull Shot

This shot is crucial if you want to take advantage of those short balls you are given from the bowler. Tim has set out a metal bin to aim for and it is a great idea to do this as it will make you focus on hitting the ball along the ground. The person who is feeding can either do an underarm feed or if you have fairly even ground then they could bounce the ball into you. The one thing you need to remember though are the two key coaching points:

  • You need to step back and across in order to protect your stumps
  • Your bat path as it hits the ball must go from high to low

Day 21 – Clapping Catch

This is just a bit of a fun one really that tests not only your catching but your ability to catch very fast! Of course to get the most claps in is to throw the ball up as high as possible together with catching it as low as possible. How many can you do? Let us know by sending in your videos to our WhatsApp on 07388352243 or DM us on Instagram (@cricketvision1).

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We hope you are enjoying our ‘At Home Cricket’ campaign. Don’t forget that by sending in your videos you will be entered into winning a pair of tickets to Lord’s… so what are you waiting for!

 

At Home Cricket: Week 4

I feel like I have just blinked and the month has gone! Do you feel the same? We have now survived over a month of lockdown, which I think in itself is an achievement so please do give yourself a pat on the back for this! As you know from last week, we will be continuing the daily weekday challenges until 7th May at least. This is also the date where we will end our tickets to Lord’s competition so keep sending in those videos via WhatsApp to 07388352243…

I feel like I have just blinked and the month has gone! Do you feel the same? We have now survived over a month of lockdown, which I think in itself is an achievement so please do give yourself a pat on the back for this! As you know from last week, we will be continuing the daily weekday challenges until 7th May at least. This is also the date where we will end our tickets to Lord’s competition so keep sending in those videos via WhatsApp to 07388352243. Please read on for the write up of this week’s challenges. 

Day 15 – Balance The Ball

As long as you have a bat and a ball you can do this one, but make sure you have ample space if you are doing this challenge indoors! This one is actually harder than it looks, but if you are finding it quite easy then try and go round in a circle faster or even try and balance the ball on the side of the bat or handle! This challenge will help with getting your eye in before you go into bat because it forces you to focus entirely on the ball and ensure it is on the face of the bat. 

Day 16 – Reverse Sweep 

We have all seen the professionals play this shot in the shorter forms of the game so now it’s your chance to have a go. The positioning of your feet is exactly the same as the sweep shot but this time flip the bat around and ensure the face of the bat connects with the ball. Don’t forget that you want the ball to be hit along the ground so ensure your head is over the ball as you hit the shot. You are more than welcome to set up some target areas that are behind the stumps in the third man position (if you are looking at the stumps for a right handed batsman this would be on the left hand side behind the wicket and of course the right handside for a left hander). Have a go 

Day 17 – Flip Catch 

You may find this familiar to a game played with a coaster or two. However, this is a great one to do to test your reactions before going out to field as you will need to be ready because the ball could come to you at any moment. Get flipping and catching …

Day 18 – Back Foot Drive 

With this shot we want to ensure we move our feet back and across to ensure we are aware where our stumps are and in a good position to play the shot. Our bat needs to be angled towards the ground and we need to play the ball under our eyes. We don’t want to be fishing for the ball… you can leave the fishing for the holidays! We would recommend you set up a target area as explained in the video so you have something to aim at. Once a target has been set up see how many times you can hit the ball through the target ensuring that it bounces before it goes through. 

Day 19 – Reaction Catching  

This is one everyone can get involved in and it could be your first intro into the cricketing world and once lockdown is over you could be the next Paul Collingwood. All you need is a few pairs of socks and a partner. Make sure you are around 2 metres away from each other and start catching as per the video. If you are finding it easy you can stand closer to each other or the feeder can throw the sock earlier. 

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We hope you are enjoying the challenges and if you have any suggestions as to what you want to see then please do contact us on athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk or WhatsApp us on 07388352243. 

Stay safe!

At Home Cricket: Week 3

Wow time does fly! We are already three weeks into lockdown and we now have confirmation that we will be living in lockdown for another three weeks. However, don’t you worry we will be carrying on as normal posting cricket challenges and tips for the next three weeks…

Wow time does fly! We are already three weeks into lockdown and we now have confirmation that we will be living in lockdown for another three weeks. However, don’t you worry we will be carrying on as normal posting cricket challenges and tips for the next three weeks at least! Keep reading for the low down on the challenges and drills we set last week.

Day 11 – Target Bowling

This is a simple one to set up and all you need is some shoes and a ball, you don’t even need stumps as the main aim of this drill is to hit the target area you have set out. When bowling, it really does help if you continually focus on where you aim to bounce the ball and don’t lose sight of that target until you have followed through. 

Day 12 – Hit The Targets

You will see many more challenges like this as we want to try and reach everyone across the country whether they have access to a garden or not. We want to integrate challenges that use basic household items so if you have any ideas please do let us know by contacting us using the details at the end of this blog. When linking this back to any cricket techniques the one thing that comes to mind is what you need to do with your non-throwing arm. It really does help to point your non-throwing arm towards the target and like bowling focus on what you are aiming at until you follow through. 

Day 13 – Underarm Flick

This one is all about being as quick as possible to hit the stumps before the batsmen manage to make a quick single. If you are right handed, make sure that when you approach the ball you put your right foot next to the ball as you pick it up (vice versa for the left handers). This is because you want to avoid stepping through and your knee knocking your arm which could in turn cause the ball to fall out of your hand. Throughout this drill it is key to keep the pace up and get through it as quickly as possible as you are trying to stop the batsman complete a run!

Day 14 – Sweep Shot

This shot is a favourite for many people and what better use of empty loo rolls than using it as a batting tee! Make sure that when you step forward towards the ball (or tee) you keep your balance and ensure your head is over the ball. As with any front foot shot, we want to make sure the ball is hit along the ground. The sweep shot is hit behind you and therefore it might be a good idea to set up a target area to aim for if you like. However, make sure you are not hitting the ball towards any windows or anything! Look out for the reverse sweep coming up in a future video…

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If you are a cricket coach and would like to set a challenge of your own, please do get in contact as we would be delighted to bring ideas together from coaches in order to help us unite cricketers across the UK. 

Contact details:
Email: athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk
WhatsApp: 07388352243

Fancy Some Free Tickets To Lord’s?

We announced earlier this week on our Instagram that we are giving away a pair of tickets to Lord’s to the person who gets involved the most with our ‘At Home Cricket’ challenges throughout this lockdown period. For those who are not on Instagram, here is how you can get involved…

We announced earlier this week on our Instagram that we are giving away a pair of tickets to Lord’s to the person who gets involved the most with our ‘At Home Cricket’ challenges throughout this lockdown period. For those who are not on Instagram, here is how you can get involved. 

Keep up to date with our daily weekday challenges through the campaign website (www.athomecricket.co.uk). Then get the camera out and film yourself having a go at any of the challenges/tips we have put up. Once you are happy with the video then send it in to us via either WhatsApp (07388352243) or email (athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk). 

We look forward to seeing your videos over the coming weeks!

At Home Cricket: Week 2

We have come to the end of our second week of our ‘At Home Cricket’ campaign and are continually adapting to our new normal by staying at home. We are delighted to announce…

We have come to the end of our second week of our ‘At Home Cricket’ campaign and are continually adapting to our new normal by staying at home. We are delighted to announce that you can now send in your videos to us via WhatsApp on 07388352243. In addition to this we will be starting to integrate some more challenges for all so there is no barrier to get involved. This will include indoor challenges using objects everyone will have in their households. 

Day 7 – Forward Defensive 

The challenge of ensuring the first bounce is within the cones you have set out is important to ensure that your technique is proving successful. The aim of the forward defensive is to not only protect your wicket but to make sure that the ball is being hit straight into the ground in order to avoid any upsets at the crease. One of the coaching points Ben outlines in the video is about keeping your bat and pad together. This is key as we have seen many batsmen get out because of not following this simple coaching point so be strict on yourself when self-coaching yourself on this. 

Day 8 – Reaction Catching 

This is a great one to get some other people in your household involved and please do get them off the sofa and get competitive! See how many you can do in a row and if you are finding it easy then you can release the ball nearer the floor and vice versa. 

Day 9 – Bat Handle Keep Ups 

This one is slightly harder than our day one challenge in that the handle is a rounded surface so it is even harder to ensure the ball bounces on it. This is still a great drill to do before you head into bat but just remember to make sure you don’t go out batting trying to hit the ball with the handle!

Day 10 – Dominant Top Hand Forward Drive

This drill points out an important coaching point when playing any front foot shot, which is to ensure that your top hand remains dominant throughout the shot. If the power of the shot is coming from your bottom hand then it will be more likely that the ball will go in the air and you risk being caught. Therefore, try and play the drive with just your top hand and put your bottom hand behind your back. 

NB: For right handers your top hand is your left hand, and for left hand batsmen the top hand is your right hand

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Keep sending in your videos via Instagram, WhatsApp (as above) or email to athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk

Stay safe. Stay at home. Stay involved in cricket.

Wishing you all the best at this difficult time!

The Cricket Vision Team

At Home Cricket: Week 1

We have come to the end of our first full week of our ‘At Home Cricket’ challenge and what a week it has been with lots of you getting involved! We will be writing weekly blogs to explain each of the videos in turn for those who want to know how these challenges can help with your cricket. This instalment of …

We have come to the end of our first full week of our ‘At Home Cricket’ challenge and what a week it has been with lots of you getting involved! We will be writing weekly blogs to explain each of the videos in turn for those who want to know how these challenges can help with your cricket. This instalment of the blog will include six challenges as it will include the challenge set on our first Friday! In more positive news, it looks like the weather in Buckinghamshire, where we are based, is set to be scorching with sunshine for the next week… lots of opportunity to film the future challenges! 

Day 1 – Bat keep-ups/Around the world

As you can see from the video there are three difficulty levels as it were to this challenge. All three difficulty levels are a great way to get your eye in before you go into bat. To be able to consistently bounce the ball on the face of that bat or side of bat will help to improve your hand eye coordination, which is a key skill for any aspiring cricketer. Make sure you keep your eyes on the prize (the ball) the whole time! 

Day 2 – Catch behind back 

This is simply a bit of a fun challenge really. Despite this, it may well help with your spatial awareness and hand eye coordination. 

Day 3 – Head over ball for front foot shots

When playing a front foot shot when batting, it is crucial to make sure that your head is over the ball. The reason for this is because we want to avoid hitting the ball in the air and potentially getting caught. The other key advice here is to get your weight on your front foot to ensure that your power is going into the shot but with a downwards momentum. If you have your weight on your back foot then naturally you will find that the ball will end up in the air! This drill is important because if you get your head over the ball it is very difficult to have your weight not on the front foot, which will mean your positioning will fall into place and the ball will be hit along the ground. 

Day 4 – Keep head upright whilst bowling 

When bowling, it is important to think about straight lines and it is very hard to bowl in straight lines when your head is wayward. The idea behind this challenge is to make sure that you are keeping your head upright throughout your action. Of course it will be very difficult to do your full action without dropping the cup (or whatever object you choose to use) but this challenge will get you into the rhythm of keeping your head straight. The best way to see how straight your head is when you are bowling is to get someone to film you and watch it back. You will then be able to see where you may be going wrong and can work on anything specific you spot going forward. 

Day 5 – Reaction catching

This one is an easy one you can do on your own, even inside (as long as you make sure you are away from anything that could break easily!). By throwing the ball on the back of the bat it will come back to you at different angles, which will test your quick reactions. For any fielder on the pitch, it is essential to have good reactions as the ball can come to you at any time. 

There will be more reaction catching challenges coming in future weeks so stay tuned!

Day 6 – Throw into keeper

As mentioned in the video, when we throw the ball into the wicket keeper we want to ensure that it is just above the wicket so the keeper can catch it easily. For those beginners amongst us, make sure to use your non throwing arm to point at the target. In addition, following through once you have thrown the ball will help the momentum to keep going into your throw, which will provide the ball with more power. By balancing a coke can on the middle stump, this will give you a target to aim at and this will represent the wicket keepers gloves. Other objects you could use could be a shoe box, stack of plastic cups or loo roll (if you are one of the lucky ones) to name but a few. 

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We are looking to make it easier for everyone to send in their videos and will be launching a WhatsApp number you can send your videos to in due course. We will update you on this when we have this up and running. In the meantime, keep sending in your videos via Instagram or email to athomecricket@cricketvision.co.uk

Stay safe. Stay at home. Stay involved in cricket. 

Wishing you all the best at this difficult time!

The Cricket Vision Team