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How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« on: July 10, 2018, 12:16:58 PM »

I have recently moved and been playing for a new team this yr. Last year, the team I was playing for had a wonderful run where we ended up as Div 2 champions. This year sadly been quite the opposite, with just 1 win at the halfway mark. What has been frustrating is that most of those have been narrow losses which makes it even more frustrating. The level of cricket is good and my personal performances have been decent overall. But in the end all that matters is if the team wins or loses. I know its not everything and its all about loving the game, but in the end you really enjoy it only when you are winning more games than losing..

How does one manage to stay motivated in such a scenario?

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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 12:28:35 PM »

With difficulty, I am finding at the moment.

Failing that, with beer...
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 12:32:32 PM »

Go to the Winchester and wait for it all to blow over.
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 12:37:36 PM »

I have recently moved and been playing for a new team this yr. Last year, the team I was playing for had a wonderful run where we ended up as Div 2 champions. This year sadly been quite the opposite, with just 1 win at the halfway mark. What has been frustrating is that most of those have been narrow losses which makes it even more frustrating. The level of cricket is good and my personal performances have been decent overall. But in the end all that matters is if the team wins or loses. I know its not everything and its all about loving the game, but in the end you really enjoy it only when you are winning more games than losing..

How does one manage to stay motivated in such a scenario?

Remember you only play for fun and to have fun with your mates. No point in betting down because ultimately you are lying to be there and if you and your mates are enjoying youseleves it will eventually come good. What club are you at mate?
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 12:41:19 PM »

Go out for beers with your teammates. The better you get to know each other, the better you will perform. And if results don't improve, you still had beers.
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 12:42:00 PM »

Our club have started doing the funtasy cricket this year. It has its ups and downs but I really notice a huge increase in the interest everyone has in how the other teams within the club are doing. Small victories (couple of wickets, a not out etc) are celebrated much more consistently.

Team and club ethos has improved and even if you lose the match it highlights lots of positives to take away.
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 01:40:39 PM »

Win more/stop losing. Losing should be motivation to train and improce. Or
sub out the poor preformers
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 01:49:43 PM »

When I'm Happiest playing my cricket, results are almost irrelevant. It's easier said than done but find a good club with a good culture and the rest will look after itself.
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 01:54:12 PM »

+1 for enjoying playing and enjoying being with team mates above all else. Results happen naturally as others have said. I take that over playing with a winning team of jeb ends any day of the week
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 02:00:16 PM »

Its really hard mid season, but I have found going on tour brings people together and really helps.

Failing that a good curry night with everyone and a chat through doing that little bit extra, a tiny bit of better fielding, running a few singles quicker and almost instantly there is a 20 run swing.

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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2018, 06:35:16 PM »

Take pride in your personal performance,  set goals to achieve , be competive .....these things keep you in the best position to get personal satisfaction while contributing the most you can to the team - win win . Then remind yourself that you could suffer a  career ending injury, illness , disease etc at any time ,and that every game you get on the park is a bonus .....stop to smell the cricketing roses every once in a while basically.
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brokenbat

Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2018, 06:38:47 PM »

buy some bats...?
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 07:30:11 PM »

Hmmm. my team has punched above its weight for two years, being promoted to div 1 and then a mid table finish the following year.
As of now we are facing near certain relegation after 8 straight losses , with the tough teams still to come. Two teams go up and two teams go down in our league so the chickens,cows and any other animal is coming home to roost for us and it seems impossible to get out of.

Personally if I continue my up and down form I will score more runs than last year.not fantastic but my only goal is to score more runs than the last season. Three weeks ago I was in for a ton and holed out in the 70's simply because I was knackered.

So....I've got no complaints, we are being outplayed, and whilst mumblings are starting that we 'cannot go down not good for the club' my point will be firmly made....if you think you can do better come and have a go.

Consistent losses do affect the team and motivation, you can only try as hard as possible every game.

On the plus side, it's all out for a win in every game from now on so its high time to forget technique and start hitting it a bit harder.

Nothing to lose after all  :)
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2018, 07:31:23 PM »

Our club have started doing the funtasy cricket this year. It has its ups and downs but I really notice a huge increase in the interest everyone has in how the other teams within the club are doing. Small victories (couple of wickets, a not out etc) are celebrated much more consistently.

Team and club ethos has improved and even if you lose the match it highlights lots of positives to take away.

Agree with this. And Im top of ours :)
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Re: How does one stay motivated during a bad team run?
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2018, 07:46:23 PM »

Had this situation last year, and as skipper it felt even worse. 2 wins all season, inconsistent side, couple matches conceded, relegation. It hurt.

But, I felt motivated by being able to bring 5 youngsters into the senior side, making sure they got to bat and bowl, and were protected as best possible. They worked hard and did well overall, and now this season have really stepped forward.

A couple of decent personal performances also helped me get through. But, I stepped down from captaincy, it wasn't for me tbh.
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