Towards the Development of a Conceptual Model of Expertise in Cricket Batting: A Grounded Theory Approach

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Weissensteiner, J, Abernethy, B and Farrow, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-5020-7910 (2009) Towards the Development of a Conceptual Model of Expertise in Cricket Batting: A Grounded Theory Approach. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21 (3). pp. 276-292. ISSN 1041-3200 (print) 1533-1571 (online)


Data from semi-structured interviews with 14 male expert cricket batsmen, coaches, and administrators were used to generate a conceptual model of expertise in this sport. In the model, a favorable socio-developmental environment (support, vast investment in creative and challenging play, sibling rivalry) provides the essential foundation for the development of positive psychological attributes (mental toughness, self-belief and confidence, ability to cope with adversity, adoption of individualized routines/rituals), technical skill mastery (optimal balance, speed of downswing, versatility of shot execution) and superior visual-perceptual skill. Intrinsic motivators (fun, enjoyment, challenge and achievement, desire to be the best, “love of the game”, camaraderie) are regarded as essential to continuation and progression along developmental pathways. Facets of contemporary society and its constraints on free play emerged as one of the major limitations to the future development of expertise. The model has immediate implications for coaching practice, developmental policy, and future research approaches to identifying and nurturing sports talent.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/10413200903018675
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID21973, cricket, psychological attributes, coaching practice, developmental policy, sports talent
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