Does anyone have any experience trying to teach an adult who has never played cricket before how to bowl, and if so, how did you go about it?
So with the beginner I was teaching today, I tried that, and she was good at pulling off a legal bowling action when not actually bowling the ball. I also used the tips of having a high front leg and landing it, bringing your bowling arm down and across into your pocket on the opposite side. These ideas seemed to have workedI realise it's different with children, but my dad used to coach my school's cricket team. He used to explain it in terms of a windmill, keeping the arms straight and whatnot.
I wanted to try this thing with the cones but couldn't remember the details on how to do it at the time. I've seen it work with kids, will try it next time.If you can tie a piece of rope or string across the net (or use a washing line, or something of that ilk) at about head height and get them to bowl over the top of it. It's pretty hard to do by chucking it and it forces them to bowl. It comes out as a bit of a lob up into the air but once they get used to that you can get them to bring the arm through.
Forget anything about run ups. Literally have them rock from their back foot onto the front foot and back and forth, back and forth with the arm straight. Or there's - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHTzqkFuIjs