Adopting a constraints-led approach to enhance skill acquisition for fast bowlers in grassroots cricket

Jamil, Mikael, Woolston, Lewis, Manthorpe, Simon, Mehta, Saumya, Memmert, Daniel and McRobert, Allistair (2023) Adopting a constraints-led approach to enhance skill acquisition for fast bowlers in grassroots cricket. Journal of Coaching and Sports Science, 2 (2). pp. 78-86. ISSN 2963-1483

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In this quantitative study, a bespoke coaching drill was designed and tested over a 16-week period with the ultimate aim of improving the bowling accuracy of 6 participant seam bowlers. This experiment consisted of 6 participants that were all male and had a mean age of 19.5  7.5, mean height (cm) of 184.75  5.57 and mean weight (kg) of 78.05  9.87. Due to the repeated measures experimental design, paired samples t-tests were conducted to assess the effectiveness of this coaching intervention and compare performances between the “control” phase and the “training” phase. Results revealed that this purposely designed coaching drill led to a significant improvement of bowling lines (p < 0.001) with a moderate effect size and bowling lengths (p < 0.001) with a large effect size. This coaching intervention did not however have any significant effect upon bowling discipline (p = 0.134). Evidence is discovered proving that the regular repetition of exercises over a prolonged period of time can ultimately enhance motor skill refinement. From a practical perspective, coaches can replicate the drill introduced in this study as a means of skill acquisition and skill refinement for their seam bowlers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bowling line, bowling length, seam bowlers, limited overs cricket, grass roots cricket
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mikael Jamil
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 08:36
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 08:36

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