Introduction to Evaluation
One of the main difficulties in coaching and improving performance in bowls is trying to measure performance
and skill development. I have no doubt that this is essential for players to improve past being an average bowler. Skill can be defined
and measured and I will give you some examples and methods to achieve that. Skill evaluation needs to be done in a controlled situation
such as at a practice session. The main benefit is to establish base line measurements that a useful in comparing development in skill
development. Results can be used to compare an individual's progress or team mates against each other. Results can also be compared
against skill standards enabling players to compare themselves to the best in the country and world.
Skill testing is time consuming
but absolutely focuses the player onto important components of the game. This will direct practice sessions and can be an important
reality check or motivator for players.
Performance evaluation is measuring play and results. This is best done in actual competition
but is also most valuable in practice sessions that simulate a game situation. Rather than have meaningless practice important performance
indicators can be obtained by measuring play in practice games. This also will stimulate motivation to concentrate and perform.
comparison of results from practice and competition will indicate a player's ability to transfer practice skill, technique and concentration
to the real pressure situation of a competitive game. This can further assist in a more sophisticated assessment of a players development
and practice needs.