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How to get the best out of your winter training sessions
As we enter the dark and cold months, winter nets can often seem like a bit of a hard slog (no pun intended!). However, if you approach them in the right way, you will be surprised at how much you can get out of them.
It is very easy to enter the training hall aimlessly, go through the motions of batting and bowling, and then leave the same player you came in as. However, below are some top tips from Lydia Greenway to help you get the best out of your training:
- Net with purpose
Whether you are a player or a coach, it is important to take responsibility for how a net session is run. There are lots of things you can do to ensure everyone gets the best out of them. For example, get your opening pair batting together and running between the wickets when they think it’s a run. This will also automatically engage the bowlers as well! If you’re a bowler, why not set a field and be very specific with where you want to bowl to each batter, what are there strengths and weaknesses? Also, why not specify the format you are playing, is it the last six overs of T20 game or first ten overs of a 50 over game? All these things will add purpose and value to your session.
- Process rather than outcome
The winter is a time to try things out and develop your game. This means the focus needs to be on the process rather than the outcome. Are you a batter looking to develop your footwork to spin? Why not choose a session when you will come down the wicket to every single ball when your facing spin? Doing this will help you understand which ones you have to defend and which ones you can score of. Does it matter if you get out in this process? Absolutely not.
- Use your journey wisely
If you’re like me when I was younger, the car journey to training was often spent aimlessly staring out the window!! However, as I got older I realised that this was valuable time wasted. Eventually, I used my journey to think about what I wanted to get out of the session, how was I going to approach it, and generally get myself motivated. Likewise, on the way home, it was a time for me to reflect on how the session went, what went well and what I could improve on. This process helped with a huge shift in my attitude towards training and I got so much more out of it!!
So, get your beanie and scarf on and get stuck in!!