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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 29 Measuring Facts and Figures as Knowledge It is a fact that former Victorian greats Bob Middleton, Don Sherman, John Snell, Jack Wilson and Jim Yates are people I listen to as past Australian bowlers to acquire facts and knowledge about coaching and bowling at elite level. It is also a fact that the information that follows in loose alphabetic order, is based on my bowls coaching experiences from club right through to World and Commonwealth Games levels. Begin: As soon as you step on the green with a warm up that gets the mind and body in rhythm - super coach Geoff Maskell introduced this program to me years ago and I demand it for about four ends every time any one I coach steps on a green - go out and see if you can deliver all FOUR bowls to rest on your original bowl - and repeat it and repeat it and repeat it. I call that my ‘caterpillar’ drill. The ‘Bus’ concept: For me as coach, ‘the bus driver’, I ask of players, selectors, fellow coaches, managers, and myself: • Let’s get the right people on the bus • Get the wrong people off the bus • Get the right people in their right positions • Let the passengers off where they do the least damage, as people will want to get on the bus simply knowing who is already on it. Decision options: The head scenario - back of opposition first bowl and jack are same and the bowl is placed one bowl from the jack. There are ten options to consider on the right forehand as an example of the extent of options for players when seeing such a head (refer Henselite website for full detail). One squad attempted the 10 suggested FH options with four deliveries so that we had a sample of 1520 deliveries to gauge the various option outcomes and apply to any one player. Estimate Distance Skill: Role play done on the green - players at the mat located first at maximum distance, then at minimum distance, verbally advised how far the bowl was from jack; Have a tall and a short player at the mat at the other end of the green and all squad members at your end to observe the validity of the advice and outcome; Coach places a bowl about 2m in front of the jack which means the players on the mat still have sight of the jack; coach rolls over the bowl one revolution and asks if jack still visible to each player; continue rolling a bowl a revolution until the players indicate the jack is no longer visible. Outcome: Following that experience players know that you lose sight of the jack at maximum length when the bowl finishes on the rink line at a metre short, minimum length when the bowl finishes on the rink line at a mat length short Game Plan: 1. An objective will raise the level of intensity and focus for a player and for players in a team. 2. Goals are the specific target for any one individual. 3. Game plans are the basis for providing that objective. Measuring Game Plans: Game plans for teams can have a measured aspect and as a sample could include: • Team has two bowls within mat length (ML), • The lead bowler to have one bowl within ML, • The team to keep losses per any one end to two shots, • The lead bowler to aim for 50% effective, or ML, deliveries, • The skip aims to have 40% effective deliveries. These can then be used as a comparison to the actual performance at the conclusion in a debrief of the team event. Objective of a lead player: • Get one bowl per end within mat length (ML) 20/25 ends played. • Deliver the jack to within one metre of requested length 9/10 times. • Perform at 50% effective ML for the game. Game debriefs: Are the post mortems to see if any objective was met in the recent event. Competition: Fours Team Rink: Statistics inserted in the table are hypothetical. (Bracketed figures in this table would be the standards based on 50 deliveries) Lead Second Third Skip ML Std accepted % Div.2 club level & objective 36 (18) 32 (16) 28 (14) 24 (12) ML Std accepted % Div.1 club level & objective 40 (20) 35 (18) 30 (15) 25 (13) ML Std accepted % state level & objective 60 (30) 55 (28) 49 (25) 44 (22) ML Std accepted % national level & objective 75 (38) 70 (35) 65 (33) 60 (30) Measuring player performances: Actual research: Based on 70 bowlers from four relevant clubs. Clubs used in this research where three were Div.1 top side players and the other club used their Div.2 top side players. After a total of 2356 deliveries from players drawing to a bare jack and in simulated lead/second settings, the following results were observed for application to Div.2 and below pennant level. Premise made that Div.2 pennant standards from 50 deliveries are assumed at this general level. Lead: 18 deliveries (36%) and second 16 deliveries (32%). Third: 14 deliveries (28%) and skip 12 deliveries (24%). Conclusion: Leads/ seconds 13 mat length deliveries (26%) is an approximate Div.2 level bowler. An average performance expectation at International level was 50% effective deliveries. Players observed and recorded in Delhi 2010 had average effective delivery results as follows: Triples ranged from 16-50 % with an average of 37%; Pairs ranged from 22-67% with an average of 46%; Singles ranged from 30-72% with an average of 50%. Knowledge about performance: Delhi 2010: Robert Weale (Wales) men’s singles gold medalist has 36% in sectional rounds, unsuccessful players performing at 16%. World Bowls 2008: Safuan Said (Malaysia) wins semi final performing at 52% and world singles at 48%. Skill rating necessity to be 7/10 for the draw and drive at international level. Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006: Lina Ahmad (Malaysia) wins gold medal performing at 50% ML effective and played all at maximum length. Draw bowling: 76.8% of all bowls are draw shots. Playing Length: I conducted a survey using 3600 bowls deliveries on choice of playing lengths with the intention of finishing within ML of the jack; the idea I had was to see the difference between the skill level of elite bowlers to club level bowlers. • At minimum length, range was 3/10-5.8/10 deliveries. • At minimum length, difference thus 2.8/10 deliveries. • At medium length, range was 5/10-6 .3/10 deliveries. • At medium length, difference thus 1.3/10 deliveries. • At maximum length, range was 2.3/10-5 .3/10 deliveries. • At maximum length, difference thus 3/10 deliveries. This demonstrated less difference at medium length and shows the folly of playing medium length. You bring lesser skilled players into the contest. Pre -Delivery Routine: 1. Mental - some characteristics: • Project, visualise a line of bowl flight. • Visualise where bowl will turn. • Recall the flight path of my bowl. • Breathe easily, take a deep breath. • Be relaxed, balanced. • Be clear of mind. 2. Physical - some characteristics: • Approach the mat and point feet in the direction of the line and specific position on the mat. • Centre of body mass directly over the balls of the feet. • Knees (begin) bending as first movement before swing to glide down and then through. • Bowling arm has shoulders, elbow, hand in a vertical line for accuracy. • Consider the feet location on the mat for this next delivery. • Check, move pendulum height to suit length, weight of delivery. Skill rating - Technical delivery: A session undertaken with every squad/bowler I ever coach: Measuring (some) delivery skill performance from 10 attempts: scoring was done by the number of deliveries ending within ‘Mat Length’ (ML) of delivery being attempted at the minimum length RH forehand. (‘PB’ being the personal best attempted for the delivery skill) The information shown here could be invaluable to your future success on the green – if you are serious about your performance – so I’ll provide some more insight next month. Tiger Tales Tiger Tales Lachlan Tighe Types of delivery Number Effective Ave. % Ave. /10 ‘PB’ 1. Draw 720 324 45 4.5 10 2. Wrest out toucher 120 14 11 1.1 4 3. Add a yard beyond jack 400 115 28 2.8 7 4.Trail – ‘hide it’ 150 15 10 1 4 5. Yard on/over shot 120 31 25 2.5 6 6. 2 yards on/over shot 100 18 18 1.8 5 7. Drive 450 193 43 4.3 9 8. Firm up shot swinger 100 36 36 3.6 8 9. Draw to ditch, ML 490 108 22 2.2 6 10. Resting toucher 190 5 2 0.2 4 Total 2840 859 240 2.4 4 • Yours truly (middle) with serious trainers Barry Ferguson and Joan Tennent.
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