Workloads of Fast Bowlers
With the 2017 cricket season in full swing, fixtures are coming thick and fast, therefore it is important that our junior cricketers are protected from possible injuries caused by excessive workloads. Many of our junior cricketers play school cricket, representative cricket, and senior cricket, as well as train and play matches representing the colt section here meaning that there is a high chance that the workload of some players is too high, albeit without realising this to be the case.
This is exclusively for those players who are deemed fast bowlers. According to the ECB, when a wicketkeeper stands back from the stumps, that bowler is deemed fast. Below I have listed the amount of balls fast bowlers should be restricted depending on age. Obviously as coaches we are keeping an eye on this, but can be tricky when boys are playing outside of the junior set up at Middleton.
|Age||Balls per session|
|Up to under 13||30|
|Under 14/ 15||36|
|Under 16/ 17||36|
|Under 18/ 19||42|
|Age||Max overs per spell||Max overs per day|
|Up to under 13||5||10|
|Under 14/ 15||6||12|
|Under 16/ 17||7||18|
|Under 18/ 19||7||18|
Although above states the number of balls/ overs should be bowled per session, it doesn’t actually indicate the number of sessions that should take place. The model that is used at Sussex County Cricket Club is the 7-4-2 model. Basically, in 7 days, a child shouldn’t bowl anymore than 4 days, and shouldn’t bowl for more than two days in a row. For example, if Tom bowls Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, that’s fine as he’s only bowled for 4 days and has only bowled for 2 consecutive days. This model takes into account all fast bowling, not just matches.
As it is pretty much impossible for us at Middleton to track the workload of the players with them playing for schools and representative sides, I would strongly recommend where appropriate, they keep a diary of when they have bowled and for how long for.
It’s not an exact science, one week of bowling every day actually will do no harm, it’s just important that as the weeks go on it doesn’t become a regular occurrence. Remember, these are just for fast bowlers; there is no limit on how much spin bowling or batting the players can do. Therefore there may be training sessions, or matches where the players just bat and don’t bowl. Please speak to match day managers if that is the case.
I’ve tried to make this as simple as possible but appreciate it may be a little difficult to follow, if you’d like further clarification please do contact me.