CRUISING West Indies, who were cruising at 147 for three, had lost two quick wickets, including Pope, who laid the foundation by putting on 44 runs for the first wicket with Tevin Imlach. Hetmyer arrived to lead the recovery of an innings which appeared to be wobbling and compiled a 64-run stand with Keacy Carty. Heymyer’s score of 60, his second straight half century, included 7 fours and a six, while Carty picked up two boundaries in his contribution of 22. Hetmyer’s departure threatened to tilt the game towards Bangladesh but when Jyd Goolie joined Springer, the two gathered 30 runs for the fifth wicket to take the score past 175. The run chase was disrupted again when left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed Shawon, Bangladesh’s chief wicket taker with three for 37, struck twice in four balls to remove Goolie for nine and Paul for four. But Springer weathered the threat by teaming up with Michael Frew to steal singles and twos in a patient stand of 36. Springer, dropped on 15, was unbeaten on 62 with five fours and a six, and scored the winning runs for West Indies when he smashed Mohammad Saifuddin through the covers for four. Earlier, captain Mehedi was forced to rescue his side with a top score of 60 after they had slumped to 88 for four. Mehedi stitched together an 85-run partnership with Mohammed Saifuddin for the sixth wicket, which lifted the homeboys from 113 for five to almost 200. Paul broke the partnership, capturing the wicket of Mehedi and added two lower-order wickets to finish with impressive figures of three for 20 from three overs. DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies will make their second appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final after a stunning three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the semi-final at Shere Bangla National Stadium yesterday. West Indies, inspired by an all-round performance from man of the match Shamar Springer, silenced more than 10,000 fans at the stadium with a gutsy run chase to overhaul the 227 runs set by Bangladesh who won the toss and elected to field. Keemo Paul destroyed the Bangladesh lower order, grabbing three for 20, including the important scalp of captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who led the innings with a half century. Half centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Springer, under pressure, complemented a positive innings from opener Gidron Pope as the visitors negotiated some anxious moments before romping to victory with eight balls remaining. They will now contest the showpiece championship match against India in Mirpur on Sunday. Pope, who was dropped on 23, started the chase in aggressive fashion, clobbering 14 runs in the first over on his way to 38.
The quality of a performance is largely determined by how skilful the performer is.Different skills are needed to perform and participate in different sport activities. The individual becomes familiar with these skills by practising, which eventually leads to mastering the skill. Once the skills are mastered, they can be executed effectively, consistently and efficiently within a competitive game or activity.Therefore, we can define skill as the learnt ability to choose and perform consistently the right techniques (basic patterns of movements) at the right time with maximum certainty and efficiency.Types of skillThere are many different sports and an amazing variety of physical skills. Physical skills involve the movement of the body and are normally called motor skills.Motor skills take time to learn and are the result of a series of mental and physical processes developed through practice.Some motor skills involve movement of a large group of muscles. These are known as gross motor skills. Example: activities that use large blocks of muscle to produce powerful and skilful movement such as javelin throws.Other motor skills involve the movement of a small group of muscles. These are called fine motor skills. Example: the action of the wrist movement in a badminton shot. Gross and fine motor skills need to be repeated consistently for successful performance.Motor skills can be divided into open and closed types. The division between open and closed skills is based on the type of situation or environment in which the skills are used.Open skillsThese are performed in situations that continually change and the player has to keep adapting to the changes as they happen. Successful performance depends on the player’s ability to see what is going on, accurately interpret what is happening, anticipate and act in the right way at the right moment. Example: intercepting passes, moving into position to receive passes and saving a goal, etc.Closed skillsThese are performed in predictable and stable conditions. You have to try to produce the movement in the same way each time. Skills such as cartwheels in gymnastics and free shots in basketball are examples.Most motor skills in sports lie somewhere between open and closed and can be considered as being at either end of a continuous system or continuum. Between the two ends of the continuum are skills made up of both open and closed elements. A continuum is a line which allows for skills made up of open and closed elements to be shown.All skills need to be practised under conditions as close as possible to those that they are going to be performed in. Open skills need to be practised in situations that involve change. Closed skills need to be practised in exactly the same way each time – repetitively. Skills with open and closed elements need both types of practice.Phases of skill learningThe learning of skills goes through phases. The length of each will depend on the difficulty of the skill, level of ability and the amount of practice. The three distinct phases are the cognitive, the associative, and the autonomous.ï Cognitive phase – This is the beginner’s phase. The skill is new. Clear demonstrations, simple instructions and practice are needed. Emphasis must be on technique and not outcome. A lot of errors, jerky performance and inaccuracies will occur. However, praises for correct actions must be given.ï Associative phase – Techniques are learnt and the concentration is on practising the skill. Performance improves, fewer errors are made, and the individual begins to analyse movements and make corrections through internal (use of senses) and external (the coach) feedback.ï Autonomous phase – Expertise is developed and the skill is now performed automatically. The skill is now performed consistently, effectively and efficiently. More concentration is on decision making concerning strategies and tactics. Example: a tennis player concerned about where to play the best shot, rather than the shot itself.Knowing about the different phases helps coaches to plan training activities that match the development of each performer. It is important to learn the skill correctly as you move through the phases because bad habits in the cognitive or associative phases can be difficult to correct later.Next week: Factors affecting performance.
JAMAICA ended the 45th Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada, last night in fine style as they had a clean sweep in the 4x400m to follow up on their sweep in the 4x100m on yesterday’s final day as the country ended with a record 86 medals.This included 43 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals.The Bahamas was way behind in second place with 34 medals (6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), while Barbados occupied third place with 14 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).The girls’ Under-18 quartet of Shania Powell, Stacy-Ann Williams, Shian Salmon and Sanique Walker got the show going as the Jamaican team led from start to finish, clocking a fast 3:39.31 to win easily, as The Bahamas (3:43.06) and the British Virgin Islands (3:47.43) had to settle for silver and bronze.Despite some early challenge from Barbados, Jamaica’s quartet of Anthony Cox, Dashinelle Dyer, Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor cooled their rivals to win the Under-18 boys’ event in 3:12.54.Satanya Wright, Semoy Hemmings, Junelle Bromfield and Tiffany James continued the streak in the Under-20 girls’ event, stopping the clock at 3:34.73 ahead of The Bahamas, 3:48.96 with Grenada finishing third in 3:47.43.WELL-CONTROLLEDRunning a well-controlled anchor leg, Akeem Bloomfield piloted the boys’ Under-20 team to a win in 3:10.55. The other members on the team were Jauvaney James, Nathan Brown and Kimor Barrett.It was a bright start for Jamaica on the track yesterday evening as it was a clean sweep for the country’s athletes in the sprint hurdles, with Dasazay Freeman setting the stage in the girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles, winning the gold medal in 13.44 seconds.In the girls’ Under-20 100m hurdles, Rushelle Burton captured the gold medal after winning in 13.36 seconds. It was close for second, but her teammate Sidney Marshall got the better of Jeminise Parris of Trinidad and Tobago for the silver as both athletes were given an identical time of 13.73 seconds.It was disappointment for Jamaica’s Dejour Russell in the boy’s Under-18 110m hurdles as he was disqualified for false-starting, but his teammate Damion Thomas, who was competing for the first time for Jamaica, captured the gold medal after stopping the clock at 13.32.Jamaica ended the sweep with Rohan Cole taking the Under-20 boys’ 110m hurdles gold after winning the event in 13.71 seconds.DOMINATE 800MIt was three out of four victories for Jamaica in the 800m with Cemore Donaldin the girls’ Under-18 and Shevon Parkes in the boys’ Under-20 leading the way, taking their second gold medals of the championships following wins in the 1500m on Saturday’s opening day.Donald clocked 2:10.66 for the win as teammate Chrissani May made it a one-two for Jamaica picking up silver in 2:13.90.Parkes’ winning time was 1:51.76 as team-mate Nathan Brown captured the silver in 1:52.99. Anthony Cox also picked up silver in the boys’ Under-18 event after finishing second in 1:52.23.Jamaica’s other win came in the girls’ Under-20 800m, as the outstanding Junelle Bromfield showed her class for a runaway win in a personal best 2:06.21.There was two success for Jamaica in the 200m as defending Under-18 girls’ champion, Shaniel English retained her title, while Michael Stephens won the Under-18 boys’ event.
American Gwen Berry and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe captured the women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin, respectively, at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet yesterday.In the first final, Berry set a National Stadium and meet record with a throw of 73.82 metres in the hammer. Another American, Jene Stephens McCall (71.06m), was second, and Britain’s Sophie Hitch (70.65m), third.Waithe had a winning throw of 76.30m in the javelin. The United States duo, Riley Dolezal (76.26m) and Cypress Hostetler (74.25m) took second and third. Jamaica’s Orlando Thomas (69.92m) was sixth.There was also early action in development events involving promising local athletes.World University Games 100 metres silver medallist Shimarya Williams and Kemarley Brown captured the women’s and men’s 100m, respectively. Williams clocked 11.39 seconds with Brown topping the men in a swift 10.03.Jody Ann Muir won the women’s 400m in 52.08 seconds, ahead of Dawnalee Loney, who ran a personal best 52.38.G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye maintained his great 2016 form, winning the men’s one-lap event in 45.61. Javere Bell (46.94) was second.