Category: Skill Acquisition


Take a look at this video and consider ‘subroutines’. What does Tim use to make the pitch as effective as possible?

How does he generate power, and how does he manipulate the ball?

From your understanding of the difference between ‘fine’ and ‘gross’ motors skills, which one (or a combination of the two) would this drummer be demonstrating?

Consider also the stages of development…the beginner drummer would be at the ‘cognitive’ stage…this is where they would be attempting to keep a beat, familiarising themselves with the high hat, symbols etc.. This drummer has clearly progressed, and it is fair to say that he is certainly at the ‘autonomous’ stage. This is illustrated by the fact that he can ‘show boat’.

Discuss, as a class, whether it is necessary to practice ‘speed’ or ‘accuracy’ when learning a skill such as drumming.



In Skill Acquisition you will certainly be asked the following questions; “What makes a skilled performer?” or “discuss the characteristics of a skilled performer”





MJ is, at least to me, an obvious example. Below is an extract from the ‘Michael Jordan – His Airness’ DVD

“If you were to create the ultimate Basketball superstar, he would have-

extraordinary athletics ability

dominate his sport with a vast array of skills

possess a tireless work ethic

constantly pushing himself to the limit in the pursuit of victory

fierce competitor

command the court through sheer force of will

possess vision and artestry

possess leadership to galvanise his team mates

display a passion for the game

a passion to lift his performance to the highest level

captivate fans with talent and charisma

carry himself with an air of grace and dignity making him the perfect ambassador to the sport he loved”


Chris Carmicheal discusses how the advancements in technology and a better understanding of the athelte through sport science has improved the sport of cycling.

This video helps to illustrate a lot of the Receiving Information chapter in Skill Acquisition. Consider the following when watching (or watch it first and then see where the terminology fits in, and then be able to apply it to other sporting environments);

Selective attention, Signal detection, Reaction time (simple RT and choice RT), responding to variety of stimulus/cues, Psychological Refractory Period

Whodathunkit?! Is it more difficult to save a penalty than it is to hit a fastball?

I think the answer will surprise you.