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What is CricNotes?

CricNotes is an easy-to-use tool that helps you get more from your time playing cricket.

It has been developed specifically to help amateur cricketers – from junior, youth to senior players – and designed to appeal to not just academic or stats driven players, but everyone. It’s simple enough for those that don’t have an academic approach to the game but has enough detail for stats players to work with.

The CricNotes Performance Journal helps you make the most of your training by providing a template to identify the skills you need to focus on, how you will achieve them, analysis of your progress and important information learned from each training session and game.

The key principles are:

  • Deliberate practice. Be prepared each time you train or play.
  • Small steps. Just a 1% improvement in every game or training session adds up to big gains.
  • Habits, not goals. Skills are another name for habits. Work on something, get better, then move on to another aspect of the game. Cricket is about life-time improvement.

While it has been designed for you to develop your game, our hope is that it will also help you develop planning and analysis skills in other parts of your life.

How does it work?

We’ve developed a simple four-step process that will help you become more focused and aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

1 Choose Skills

Follow our template and examples to help you choose the specific skills you need to focus on, why you need to focus on them and what you need to do to achieve results.

2 Record Progress

This section allows you to note specific details for every training session and game. Score your progress in each skill area and record your thoughts and coaches feedback.

3 Review & Improve

These pages help you review your progress for each focus skill. Compare your results to determine if you are ready to move onto a new skill or if you still have some work to do.

4 Track Statistics

Keep a record of your games so you can see the outcome of your hard work. This can also help you identify any weaknesses you might need to work on.

Unique Features

Recording Chances

CricNotes includes a section for recording a player’s stats from games. This is a great way to track successes and failures – and see them both as learning opportunities. A lot of the time, however, stats don’t tell the whole story – you may have scored 50, but gave 3 chances along the way. Or you bowled really well but got no wickets due to your team having a bad day in the field.

CricNotes includes space to record:

  • Batting chances given. This is up to your honesty. Did you nick it and get dropped? Were you lucky when a shot to a fielder dropped short?
  • Bowling chances. Honesty again – and this is going to be things like catches that weren’t taken.
  • Catches dropped. Keep track of your fielding errors.

 

CricHQ game ID

To get the full picture of a game, note down the CricHQ game ID so you can refer back to the scorecard and see how your performance correlates to the context of the game.

Look Inside

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Skill: Choose a specific technique to work on, eg: bowl less no-balls
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Why: Identify the problem that results from not executing the technique correctly, eg; don’t give away extras and additional balls for the batsmen to score from.
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How: This should be something specific that you can rate after every game or training session eg; always measure my run up and make sure I maintain my rhythm throughout the crease.
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Session/game details: Record each training session or game with reference to location, date, teams and match ID.
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Rate: Write down your 3 skills, then when the session or game is finished, rate how well you performed for each skill.
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The good: Note down everything that went well in the session/game. Include notes about your skills work and why you think the things you tried were successful.
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The bad: Identify the things that didn’t work, or were difficult. It might be related to your skills work or other things. This is useful to look at later when you review skills to work on.
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Coach’s comments: Keep a record of what your coach said. This is also the best place to get ideas when you look for new things to focus on.
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Review skills: Evaluate the results from the last five games and training sessions to determine if you have made sufficient progress or if you need to keep working on it for longer.
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Focus: Identify the most important thing about this skill that you need to continue to focus on.
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Update skills: if you have finished a skill, it is time to pick a new one. Look back at the notes from your previous training sessions and games for inspiration.
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Match: Reference the journal page where you analysed your skills and performance for this game.
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Batting: Identify your batting strengths and weaknesses by recording all stats including any chances and how you were dismissed.
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Bowling: Identify your bowling strengths and weaknesses by recording all stats including extras and how you took wickets.
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Fielding: Identify your fielding strengths and weaknesses by recording all stats including chances and drop catches.

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