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Sports Psychology

How mentally prepared are you before games and how focused are you during games? With 80% of sports played in the head the area of sport psychology is of paramount importance to our sports development. Dr Gaj Ravichandren will help you to assess your mental toughness using a combination of group workshops and one on one meetings to help you discover much more about yourself and your game plan.

For example, enhancing self-awareness of handling pressure and general coping skills can be achieved by asking athletes to identify their Optimal Emotional Performance Zone. Players first identify a "Best Ever Performance" and recall preferences for both behaviours/activities and emotions pre-game, the day, night, morning or afternoon before the game.

Next they consider a list of positive and negative emotions and, from reflection of best ever moments in the game, identify both the content and intensity of helpful emotions. Both negative emotions (e.g., tense, furious, aggressive) and positive emotions (e.g., eager, sure, determined) can be regarded as helpful to performance. Once these optimal emotions and their intensity have been established players are asked to list examples of both self-talk (self-statements) and behaviours that produce these emotions.

Another example of what he does is Performance Profiling which is a procedure coaches and athletes can use to both identify the training objectives of mental skills and facilitate adherence of athletes to mental skills training

There are several benefits to coaches and athletes who employ performance profiling: 

  • A visual display is created of the athlete's evaluation of specific mental skills (strengths and weaknesses).
  • Athletes, as well as coaches, identify the qualities required for consistent performance.
  • Athlete self-assessments can be matched with that of the coach at different time periods in a season.
  • Priorities are established for mental skills training.
  • Training progress is measured

In practice, coaches can simply ask players to rate themselves against a list of fundamental mental skills or qualities required for top performances in cricket (from 0 = very poor, to 10 = very strong). These can be compared with the coach’s ratings of each player and both coach and athlete can discuss any discrepancies. Players could also be asked to rate themselves 'currently' and 'ideally', or pre-season self-ratings could be compared with later assessments early, mid, or late competitive season. In all cases, both the coach and player are presented with a picture of training priorities for athlete mental skill development, which can then be integrated within daily or weekly coaching plans.

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Tour of Engalnd - July 2017

We are delighted to inform you that Desert Cubs Cricket Academy (DCCA) will be organizing their annual cricket tour to England in July 2017. The tour is scheduled to take place from 21st July to 02nd August 2017. We are planning to take Beginners (Plastic Ball), Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Ladies Team on this tour.

We are planning to play several matches with reputed schools and academies in England with one two day game for senior squads. The main aim of this international tour is to give the much needed exposure to different playing conditions to our aspiring young cricketers. Our mission is “to produce quality players who can respond well to the current and future challenges of domestic and international cricket.”

DCCA is one of the leading Cricket Coaching Academies in UAE with more than 700 young cricketers in the age groups of five to nineteen years. DCCA is a registered Academy in the UAE and has coaching Centre’s in Sharjah and Dubai. The DCCA coaching team comprises about forty qualified and experienced cricket coaches. We also work very closely with ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai and also a registered cricket academy under the auspices of Emirates Cricket Board.

Registration is now open. Click on the below link for online registration.