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I am going to focus training on load position of my bowling routine. The load is arguably the most important prior to the deliver, this is because all in one swift movement the speed, power and momentum is shifted from the coil position to the ground and onwards. The quicker and straighter the load motion is performed the higher the chance of hitting the correct line and length. The way in which I am going to train the load is similar to the coil. Concentrating on the key points is essential. The load must be tight to the body, the head must be straight and the hand high to allow a good release and the front foot must be snapped down to stop rotation over the front foot. Take each part of the skill and concentrate on it individually, using a video camera to be able to assess the outcome.
The load again is a strong part of the action. Although it isn’t as tight under the chin as it could be, it doesn’t fall out or throw the action backwards. On the whole it is very good. It could be made slightly tighter, but even without this it’s fine. These are the results of my bowling after 3 over’s in week 3, concentrating on my run up, coil and load. The thick red line and length, is a perfect line for a right hand batsmen. The dot is the perfect pitch of the ball and the thin red line should follow the direction of the ball after pitched; as it seems outwards.
This is weeks 3 results; I have bowled 3 over’s (18 balls) and achieved these results. As you can see, I am pitching the ball more around about in the correct area/circle. You can also see that at least 27% (5 out of 18) of my deliveries are over pitched or even prove to be a full toss. This can prove to be easy runs for the batsmen. Also, from the results you can see that 22% (4 out of 18) of my deliveries were either short or wide of length. The black cross shows that that was my best ball, the ball which troubled the batsmen the most and was closest to the perfect line and length. As an overall evaluation, on average I bowled a better ball. This is due to working on techniques for an opening bowler through the past 3 weeks.
I am going to be concentrating my training on the release of the ball. This area of the routine can be varied and altered in different ways. This can be beneficial to the bowler because it may fool the batsmen to play an s hot incorrectly. Also this part of the routine needs to be performed correctly or otherwise there is a likelihood of injury to the back. The way in which I am going to train the release of the ball is again similar to the coil and the load. Doing this as a sequence works much more efficiently and effectively and therefore leads to better outcome.
The release is one of the causes of back trouble. When landing from the coil going into release I can fall out putting strain on the lower back. This tends to push the ball down leg side rather than keeping it straight. I am going to focus my training the follow through of my bowling routine. This follow though is a perfect way to end the routine; it enables you to finish the momentum off with speed and accuracy following the ball. No follow through disallows you to create the one motion of the bowling routine, from the coil to the follow through. It stops the momentum to be carried, which is essential to fast bowlers.
The way in which I am going to train my follow through is as a one big routine with the previous weeks; run up, coil, load and release. When concentrating on the follow through first concentrate on the snap down of the front foot. This can be done through visualization and allows practicing the snap within walk through. It must be practiced by stamping the front foot down then sliding it back slightly to allow the weight to go over the front foot in a straight line. This is then co-ordinate into a drill for a straight follow through. Setting cones down in a straight line up to for about 4 yards from the stumps, about 1 yard out, does this. This means that when following through you can’t fall out as you’d trip over the cones. It consciously keeps the bowler within the straight lines
If the rest of the action is successful then in general so is the follow through. Sometimes I can twist on my front foot, again causing stress on the lower back but the majority of the time as long as the head is forward this is fine. In the final week I am going to be concentrating on my training of my overall bowling accuracy. With a trained run up, coil, load, release and follow through it will be a shame if my line and length goes wrong. This is the factor that tests the batsmen.
These are the results of my bowling after 3 over’s in week 6, concentrating on my overall bowling action and run up. The thick red line and length, is a perfect line for a right hand batsmen. The dot is the perfect pitch of the ball and the thin red line should follow the direction of the ball after pitched; as it seems outwards. This is weeks 6 results; I have bowled 3 over’s (18 balls) and achieved these results. As you can see, I am pitching the ball a lot more around in the correct area/circle.
This proves that I have known trained my techniques and succeeded in them to bowl a better line and length. You can also see that at least 11% (2 out of 18) of my deliveries are over pitched or even prove to be a full toss. This can prove to be easy runs for the batsmen. Also, from the results you can see that 0% (0 out of 18) of my deliveries were either short or wide of length. The black crosses show that that they were my best balls, the ball which troubled the batsmen the most and were on the spot of perfect line and length.
As an overall evaluation, on average I bowled an exceptionally good 3 over’s. This is due to working on techniques for an opening bowler through the past 6 weeks. To conclude from my results I can state that I have become a fiercer opening bowler. I have worked on my weaknesses as I went along my six week training programme, which I designed to work on my bowling techniques of run up, coil, release and follow through. Identify some of the factors which affect performance in both positive and negative ways
The positive ways in which affect the performance are varied, they may consist of factors such as intrinsic and extrinsic feedback. Intrinsic feedback is self motivational of the player, where as extrinsic feedback is feedback from an outside source such as a coach, spectators and achievement/goals such as medals and trophies. Feedback from a coach is vital because it allows the performer to correct my weaknesses and also to improve my strengths .
This can all added to be a positive way that affects performance. As well as positive/negative feedback from the crowd can affect the performance in both ways. Physical fitness is the most important criteria for a successful bowler. Follow strict diet rules and exercise regularly to have a perfect body and shape. This is vital aspect that affects the performance, because staying fit enables the performer to perform at the full potential. Also eating the correct balanced diet leads to high energy levels and therefore a much efficient performance.
The negative ways in which affect the performance are reasons which may to be due to the weather. Bad conditions are likely to have an affect such as wet outfield and pitch/bowling crease. This will enormous affect on my performance because not having the correct footwear may lead to an injury or a fall whilst bowling. Also the rhythm of my bowling will be ruined as that I will have to adapt to the circumstances.
This is because the speed of my run up will have to slow down to minimize any risk of any fall/injury and therefore this will prevent me from bowling a deliver at 100 %. Finally, the pitch itself will be damp so the ball will react differently to it; as it will from a normal dry pitch. Also a factor such as fatigue obviously affects the performer. This is because if the player is tired, he/she will have no motivation or urge to perform their best, and therefore affect there fitness physically and mentally.
Also factors that affect the performance which are more specific to the bowler are the conditions of the ball; a brand new ball will swing more because of the shiny lacquer coating and a hard seam. As the ball gets older, it gets softer and loses its shine, but polishing one side of the ball will help keep the ball moving in the air. Also The pitch; green tops favour bowlers because there’s usually moisture under the pitch, which helps the ball to swing, especially if the sun is out. Bowlers can get movement off the wicket if the pitch is cracked. Aiming for the cracks can help the ball move quite considerably.
Finally, the weather is always in the bowler mind; a cloudy, overcast day is perfect for swing bowlers. The moisture in the air will help the ball swing more. After practicing/training for 6 weeks assess how much improvement has been made Bowlers require both explosive strength and speed, combined with good muscular endurance, in order to be able to maintain a high number of over’s. Poor fitness and muscular strength will result in inaccurate bowling, and greater risk of injury, especially for high speed bowlers. This is because all players will at some time in the game, play a combination of batting and fielding, the below training program will aid all opening bowlers.
For aerobic training I aimed to spend at least two sessions a week performing some form of aerobic training over a period of 45 to 60 minutes plus. This exercise did not need to be at a high intensity (Heart Rate at about 65 – 75%). I always was able to finish with a good level of sweat. Good forms of aerobic exercise I used are cycling, rowing, and running. I had a poor fitness level; therefore I worked on spending 15 minutes on each of these three exercises, aiming to build up to 45 minutes plus on one of the disciplines.
The aim here was not only to get fit whilst working for 45 minutes plus, but to also keep my mind busy and focused whilst performing a simple exercise; it may become lonely out on the boundaries. However on each technique I worked on in my six week training programme, I feel that I can still improve. Also throughout the six weeks I found out that in each week there was always something not just right to make me performance 100% each week.