Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Simple Off-Season Training Tips

When the season comes to close it can be a sad time, no more cricket to play at the weekends, no more friendly banter with opposition players and no more glory to be had for a few months at least.

However, your focus should start turning to the next season and what training strategies and techniques you can use to maximise and optimise your results next season.

Why would I want to set goals you say? Well, if you don’t know where you are going how are you ever going to get anywhere? If you want to go somewhere in life you decide exactly where you want to go and then work out a detailed plan of how you are going to get there. Setting goals and then backward planning to devise a strategy to reach these goals is key in all aspects of life not just sport.

There is a saying that is encompassed by ‘7 P’s’ which are applicable here. Now one of theses P’s might seem a bit rude so if you don’t want to read it move on now…anyway, they stand for, “Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance”.

It’s imperative you understand how to set goals and plan the tiny baby steps you’re going to follow to reach them.

When you start thinking about your our pre-season training you need to be thinking about improving and maintaining your fitness, analysing your technique and plugging weaknesses and holes in it, practicing skills and drills to hone your technique, working with your team mates to improve team cohesion and team spirit, set standards and expectations for yourself and the team and also focus on planning and tactics.

Pre-season training is a massive subject area to cover in an article so I’ll just give you a few pointers to think about when you’re in pre-season training.

When you are batting focus on improving your footwork, timing and also your technique; bowlers you should practice working on your consistency, so focus on your line and length.

Work with your coach to develop your own custom plan and training program for your off-season so when it comes to an end you can be ready and raring to go.