COACHING POINT OF THE MONTH
Bowler Error Detection
"The Front Foot Splay"
One common error for bowlers of all types (pace / swing / spin) is delivering the
ball with the front foot landing position in a "splay".
This occurs when the feet are not aligned correctly. The correct position and two
potential errors are outlined on this page.
One of the biggest concerns for fast bowlers relates to stress placed on the spine.
Fast bowlers experience 10 times the force of their body weight being placed on
their spine in each delivery. Ensuring the trunk does not experience counter-
rotation (forces working against each other) provides the best means of
eliminating stress for the lower back. The style of bowling action (side-on, 45
degrees, front-on) defines the specific coaching instruction that any bowler needs
It should be remembered that any fast bowler should receive expert coaching
instruction to alleviate injury concerns. It is common for "barbaric" coaches (those
who refer to playing in "their day) to ask players to work harder than required, with
limited technical knowledge and workload combining to increase the frequency
and severity of lower back injuries in fast bowlers.
Players experiencing the front foot splay will receive benefits almost immediately
upon improving the position of their feet. This includes areas such as:
(1) Maintaining line and length
(2) Injury reduction (severity / onset)
The team at www.cricketcoachingservice.com provide the skills and technical
knowledge to assist in the development of fast bowlers across the globe.
INCORRECT POSITION (LEG SIDE SPLAY)
The most common error experienced by bowlers is having this extended line of
foot alignment steering towards the leg side (right arm bowler, right hand
batsman). This leads to the hips rotating too far anti-clockwise, and with the hips
rotating clockwise during delivery excess force is