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Advice for a young cricketer in his trials...
« on: April 02, 2021, 06:48:39 PM »

Hey everyone!

So I have my U-19 trials for my region next Sunday and I am nervous as hell. I have been training once a week in our indoor nets and training almost daily at home with my brother who throws me fast throw downs from 10 yards. I am extremely nervous and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips in what coaches look out for in a trial, general tips etc. I'm an opening batsman and here are some numbers from my last season (playing U-15). I am turning 16 this year so not that experienced... but an ok batsman.

My stats: https://cricclubs.com/SCFLeague/viewPlayer.do?playerId=1703510&clubId=8318

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Re: Advice for a young cricketer in his trials...
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2021, 07:13:24 PM »

Hey Kai.

What are you nervous about?
 
It sounds to me, like fear of failure - fear that you arent going to impress at the trials.

Fear of failure is the most common thing that holds back performance.

But, you need to put these trials into context.

Every single player fails, and fails frequently.

Steve Smith, Ab de villers, Matthew Hayden, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara, Jaques Kallis, Sachin, Lara, Dravid, Mohammad Yousuf, and Younis Kahn, all averaged over 50 in test cricket and batted in the top
4.

Each of those batsman, fail 89.2% of the time they go in to bat. They are the best in the world, and they still only succeed just over 10% of the time.

Once you give into the outcome, that you will make mistakes, and you will be dismissed, it allows you to play your natural game, and it allows you to play with freedom.


Also,

All you can do, is control the controllables.

You cannot control what people think, say, or do. The only thing you can do, is focus on your own performance. What happens after that is beyond your control.

Does it make sense to worry about something beyond your control?

Will worrying about your trials help you to be successful?

Ask yourself both of these last questions, and answer honestly, and it will help calm your nerves, because as soon as you answer no to a question, its really hard to carry on with that line of thinking.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2021, 07:27:59 PM »

Hey Kai.

What are you nervous about?
 
It sounds to me, like fear of failure - fear that you arent going to impress at the trials.

Fear of failure is the most common thing that holds back performance.

But, you need to put these trials into context.

Every single player fails, and fails frequently.

Mate you hit the nail on the head cause I was rejected in 2018 which really put me down on confidence. I averaged 19 for almost 2 seasons before I was rejected again last year in March. I think I have come back a lot stronger and I certainly feel happy about my performance last season. But as you said the fear of failure is really clouding my thoughts due to being rejected twice already.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2021, 07:29:53 PM »

Mate you hit the nail on the head cause I was rejected in 2018 which really put me down on confidence. I averaged 19 for almost 2 seasons before I was rejected again last year in March. I think I have come back a lot stronger and I certainly feel happy about my performance last season. But as you said the fear of failure is really clouding my thoughts due to being rejected twice already.

Understandable mate.

Are the thoughts youre currently having going to help you be successful in the trial?

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2021, 07:35:07 PM »

Understandable mate.

Are the thoughts youre currently having going to help you be successful in the trial?

No, certainly not, I think I should just let the past go and focus on playing my game. Maybe getting in a few more training sessions in could help?
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2021, 07:37:24 PM »

No, certainly not, I think I should just let the past go and focus on playing my game. Maybe getting in a few more training sessions in could help?

Im a very very big advocate of the mental side of the game being more important than the technique aspect.

If you feel better training a bit more, then thats fine, but youre not going to achieve top level performance consistently, until you overcome your fear of failure. The best way to overcome that fear, is giving in to the outcome as I mentioned before.

Do you have a coach?

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2021, 07:42:10 PM »

Im a very very big advocate of the mental side of the game being more important than the technique aspect.

If you feel better training a bit more, then thats fine, but youre not going to achieve top level performance consistently, until you overcome your fear of failure. The best way to overcome that fear, is giving in to the outcome as I mentioned before.

Do you have a coach?

Yeah I do. Yup I think the fear is a big hindrance and just going out there and playing my natural game should be what I should focus on. Another question, what do coaches look for in a player in a trial?
 
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2021, 07:49:29 PM »

Yeah I do. Yup I think the fear is a big hindrance and just going out there and playing my natural game should be what I should focus on. Another question, what do coaches look for in a player in a trial?

I would talk this through with your coach, and see what he comes up with regarding fear of failure.

What I look for as a coach in a talented player is:

Coachability
Work ethic
Good foundations

Most importantly for me:

Good mindset

If you are interested in mindset training, look up Gio Colussi and simple batting. His program is incredible and very useful.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2021, 11:56:02 PM »

if anyone could give me some tips in what coaches look out for in a trial, general tips etc

1.  Talent and technique.  Coaches are picking a team to win, and at the next level up, those without correct technique get exposed and found out very quickly.
2.  Communication and running between wickets.
3.  For bowlers, the ratio of good balls / bad balls.
4.  Picking a balanced team.  You can't have a team full of patient openers, a team full of biffers, or a team full of leggies.  A good team has a bit of everything, and can adapt.
5.  Energy and skill that players have in the field.  Coaches always want fielders who are keen, attacking, well skilled, with a positive team attitude.
6.  Attentiveness.  Coaches like being eyeballed by players when they are talking to them, and like it even more when a player listens and takes the advice they are given.

If you are 15 trying out in an U19 team, you would have to be extremely good to have a chance against others who most likely have 3 years more experience than you.
All other things being equal, if you have 2 kids available for 1 spot, most coaches pick the older kid first, because the younger kid 'still has next year'.
I'm not being negative, because if you have the full package, you will make the team regardless of age, but be realistic about your chances.

If you haven't made the team in the past, you should have an idea why, and know what you need to improve on.  If you are unclear on that, politely ask the coach what you need to work on.

Just go into the trials with no expectations, relax, smile, do your best and enjoy the experience.  Good luck!
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2021, 07:24:51 AM »

Thanks a lot for the advice everyone! I will keep an eye on these things and just go in and do my best.
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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2021, 08:00:19 AM »

Good luck mate.

Just be yourself its got you this far & trust the fact it will be enough
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Re: Advice for a young cricketer in his trials...
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2021, 01:10:12 PM »

@Kai ,

Ignore everything you've read thus far if you want to succeed.

You've already done the work that was possible in the allotted time period. You have developed whatever muscle memory you could which is the purpose of training. Now, just relax, watch the ball, and let your instincts do the work.

Your body knows what to do. You trained your muscles and neurology to do that.

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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2021, 07:13:55 AM »

Thanks a lot for the advice everyone! I will let you know if I made it or not as soon as the trials are over and I get the results!
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2021, 07:34:03 AM »

Thanks a lot for the advice everyone! I will let you know if I made it or not as soon as the trials are over and I get the results!
Best of luck!
When are your trials?
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2021, 07:46:17 AM »

Best of luck!
When are your trials?

Sunday, April 11th.
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