Originally Posted by benchmark00
You should be looking at developing and working on the following things with young 'fast' bowlers:
- What I've said above re: foot position
- Working on developing a big wrist cock and flick at point of delivery. It's easier to get kids to develop this flexibility and tendency when they're around the age group you're coaching. Get them to hold a ball and bend their wrist back and forward all the time to develop greater felxibility. It's basically the pace bowlers equivalent of a spin bowler twirling the ball in their hands in between deliveries. Get them to keep on doing it.
- Get them to work within the width of their body. When they run up make sure they don't have arms flapping around outside of shoulder width. Make sure their legs move in a straight line towards the target. Develop their run up technique like you would a normal runner. It's all about efficiency, anything outside of your body width is a loss of energy.
- At point of delivery get their elbow up as high as possible. It needs to extend up to at least forehead height. Doesn't really matter what the arm from the elbow to the hand does, at that point, just make sure their elbow gets high. Then get them to really bring it down fast.
tbh, the above might be a little advanced for the age group you're coaching, but I'm sure you will one day want to coach more advanced junior sides and that stuff will be important to know.
There's obv some other stuff you can be teaching but that's definitely for more advanced age/skill groups. I'd be trying to teach them those things first if you have capable enough kids.
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