How to Introduce Javelin to Young Athletes – from Coaching Young Athletes

If this works for teaching javelin (and I’m sure it does), perhaps there is something here for bowling?

I often see young cricketers struggle with “bowling from base” – they miss the all-important rotation from a basically side-on base to front-on release when there is no inherent forward motion – and the step-by-step approach might help to get them through this.

I’ll have to try this out – perhaps starting from “withdraw & throw”…with a straight arm, of course!

Coaching Young Athletes

Coach Young Athletes to Throw a Javelin in 6 Simple Steps

The following sequence can be used to introduce the javelin to beginners using either modified javelins (e.g. Turbojavs) or the real implement. I have used these teaching steps with class-sized groups of up to thirty children within a thirty minute session and with smaller groups and individuals.

Group Organization & Supervision

When teaching a throwing skill to large groups, ensuring the best use of the limited time available is vital. Maximizing activity time and organizing smooth transitions between activities is important if a throwing session with large numbers is to be productive. To ensure the athletes receive the maximum number of attempts, I aim to provide as many implements as possible. Therefore with a group of thirty participants, if I have fifteen implements, I will arrange it so that the athletes work in pairs, with fifteen of the group…

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“To see ourselves as others see us” or “what do you look like?” Some thoughts on coaching demonstrations.

I took some video footage last week – any thoughts on what this “young” bowler might want to work on?

This wasn’t meant to be an exercise in self-analysis, however – rather, I wanted to try out a camera and techniques for filming a bowler in action, and then to generate some footage to practice video analysis.

But perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of the exercise was the insight into what a player would see when I demonstrate a skill. I can’t say that I would want anyone to try to copy (all of) my bowling action, after seeing it in this clip!

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More thoughts on tent pegs – FST again

I wrote a couple of months ago about Fred Trueman’s bowling action, and how there might be a lesson for modern bowling coaches.

So I was very interested to see this tweet from @DennisCricket, and the picture of Fred in full stride.

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