Skills Bank #1 – Touch

A “Skills Bank” can be defined as an ongoing active investment in the basic technical principles to establish a foundation of skill.

This can apply to any of the skill aspects involved in cricket to form the basis of training sessions and match day preparation.

Touch drills are beneficial in numerous ways for fundamental hand / eye co-ordination, position, posture or balance for fielding and batting.

Variations can be introduced with a range of different ball types ie: golf balls, tennis balls, squash balls or length between players.

This post provides a simple list of activities in pairs. Suggestion is to complete each drill for about 1 minute with a short rest in between to reset position and balls. Please feel free to connect directly if any further explanation is needed, always here to help.

PURPOSE:

  • To build volume of clean hands touches
  • Simple repeats with intent, apply perfect technique & balance
  • Aim for zero errors or fumbles
  • Concentration & confidence builds

EQUIPMENT:

  • Cricket balls
  • Tennis balls
  • Golf balls
  • Squash balls
  • Cones

DRILLS:

Throws to be flat & towards the partner.Practice consistent ball release with a direct open hand release. Fingers extended towards the target. Catching with two hands:

1. One ball = waist high
2. Two balls = waist high
3. One ball = knee height
4. Two balls = knee height

### Change partner, form a new pair & repeat 1 – 4

5. One ball = below knees
6. Two balls = below knees
7. Two balls = “Spiderman” where ball stays in same line, same side of body between pair, one hand / same hand catch and release (imagine right and left hand moving in a piston action)

### Change partner, form a new pair & repeat 5 – 7

8. One ball = one eye closed with hand, opposite hand catch release
9. One ball = fast hands
10. Two Balls = fast hands

VARIATIONS:

  • Different ball types
  • Catching with one hand
  • Alter length between the pairs
  • Throw to be across the body rather than straight, introduce angles
  • Half volleys

Overall a program based around these suggested drills will deliver around 250 to 400 touches in the Skills Bank. An ideal warm up activity in the early phase of preparation where space may be restricted or for incoming batsmen to complete before they start a net session.

About Andrew Walton

Cricket exposure as a player, coach, fan, observer, analyst & tragic! Coach at Melbourne Cricket Club. Academy coach at Karnataka Institute of Cricket, Bangalore.
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