Key features for coaches
As a coach, you can give clear demonstrations of the shot in real time, in slow motion and also in distinct stages. Youngsters can then practice the shot whilst you will find it easier to observe and identify problems of technique and then quickly correct them
What shots can you practice with our Cricket Training Mat?
How can a youngster master any particular shot when the bowling they face is all over the place? Our Cricket training mat allows them to regularly practice one shot at a time without the need for a bowler.
You can practice every shot with the video’s below fresh in your mind at any time of day or night and at any time of the year
Grip stance backlift
Moving out to drive
Back foot drive
More ways to use the cricket coaching mat
There are several ways to use the mat and each will depend on the number and age of the children that you are working with.
With largish numbers of younger children I suggest that you have a game by setting the tee piece in say the straight drive position, demonstrating the shot a few times and then letting them have a go.
To involve more players more of the time organise the pitch like a baseball/rounders game with 4 bases. Give the batting team 5 lives (run outs/ caught) and let them have one shot each in rotation.
With older/more skilled players a groups of say 5 at a time can be taken to one side and the shot of the day an be discussed, demonstrated, practiced then tried out under either a game condition (see above) or as a simple drill where one player hits 6 shots and the others field.
One player hitting a shot and running a single can then develop this. They then joining the fielders as somebody else plays a shot and takes a run etc.
Another idea is for the person who is due to bat next in the nets to practice a particular shot whilst waiting his turn.
You could also wait until a person has batted and then set the mat up for them to work on a shot that they have not played particularly well.
Some clubs have made a long term plan of the shots over summer. e.g.
Week 1 straight drives
Week 2 off drives
Week 3 cover drives etc
Finally the coaching mat will help with fielding drills with players taking it in turns to field at mid off, mid on, extra cover, deep backward square etc. Have somebody hitting balls straight to them or just to either side of them and develop it by including a compulsory run with fielders backing up at both ends and you can simulate real match situations easily and frequently.
Please email us if you have developed any other ideas on ways to use the coaching mat!
Where can you use our Cricket training mat?
Versatile, easy to store and longlasting, nothing works harder to improve the batting style of your players