Our season for the Worcester lads starts tomorrow, and the pre season period has been a challenge

 

The weather just has not allowed us to get any momentum with our bowling outside, as well as very little competitive bowling

 

But the boys have been top draw in all they’ve done and cant wait to get going at Hampshire Friday

 

So I just thought id share how to taper your week in an ideal world for game day

 

And the start of the season

 

Let me start by sharing a story of when I got this horribly wrong

 

It was a big mistake and looking back I cringe, and cant believe I didn’t injure anyone

 

But mistakes can be the best way to learn

 

It was my first season with Northants, I was 25 and wanting to make my mark

 

Id only been there since the January but the boys had done all id asked and most of them were in good nick coming into the season

 

I don’t think we had any players injured and the day before the season started I decided an SAQ session would be the way to go

 

And I put the lads through it, overseas players and all

 

It was a 45 min blow on, cutting, turning, agility, it was like I wanted to show everyone all I knew about field conditioning

 

Thankfully no one got injured, but the head coach Kepler took me to one side after and asked if I planned to do that the day before every game

 

And the way he asked there was no way I’d have said yes or I’d have been a target for his archery the next morning!

 

It was a wake up call and a mistake ive not repeated

 

So what should I have done?

 

Well what we do now is pretty simple

 

Work back from game day

 

The day before make it light, not heavy gym session, long bowl or fielding

 

Keep it easy and almost priming for the next day

 

2 days before game day use as your heavier bowling and fielding day

 

The day before that do your heavy (if you have one) gym session

 

So a week can look like this

 

Mon- Gym session

 

Tue- Bowl

 

Wed- Gym session

 

Thurs- Decent bowl & field

 

Fri- light gym work & activation (mediball)

 

Sat- Play

Sun- Recovery

 

Work around that and you wont go far wrong

 

If you want to dive deeper into the actual sessions then we have just uploaded our all new in season maintenance plan to our Inner Circle

 

Get yours, as well as all other programs, here https://cricketstrength.lpages.co/membership-inner-circle/

 

Think differently

 

Dewsy

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