A GOOD COACH OR A GOOD PLAYER.
Many Clubs appear to want a good Player rather than a good Coach when they advertise for a Coach. These notes compare the advantages of (a) recruiting a good Player as compared with (b) appointing a good coach.
A table assumes that a good coach can improve the performance of all current pennant Players by five percent – on the average . It shows that a Club would need to engage a Player 79% better than their current top-side Players to achieve the same result as a five percent improvement gained by good coaching. Few, if any, Players could achieve an improvement of 79%. Another table looks at the buying of TWO good Players. The table assumes new good Players play at a significantly-higher standard as compared with the average of the Club's existing Players. Even so, a five-percent improvement achieves a better result than adding two good Players.
If all Players in a Side played only a few extra high-quality bowls in each pennant game, the Side would show a ten percent improvement. However – how many good coaches exist? Further, Coaches would need to take a much-broader approach to the improvement of Players than just improving their bowling technique.
The notes – Engaging a paid Club Coach – (on this page) discusses what a good Coach should do.
NOTE- AS AT MARCH 2008, THE NOTES DO NOT CONTAIN THE TABLES. I WILL ADD LATER. (4/3/08)