Discrete Skill

A discrete skill is a skill that contains a single unit of activity in which the action is brief and has a well-defined beginning and end. Examples of discrete skills are lifting a weight, throwing a dart, serving a tennis ball, swinging a golf club, kicking a ball, and snapping your fingers. More generally in sports, the acts of hitting, jumping, kicking, throwing, and catching are all discrete skills, and these are prominent in many sports.

These types of skills are usually brief. Sports such as weightlifting contain nothing but discrete skills. Most sports, however, are a combination of continuous and discrete skills. Other sports, such as gymnastics, contain a combination of discrete and serial skills. Most of the time, all three types of skills will be used. For example, baseball involves catching or throwing, both discrete skills. When the ball is caught and immediately thrown, as during a play, this is a serial skill. When a batter runs around the bases or an outfielder runs for the ball, he is performing a continuous skill which will be combined with the discrete skill of catching.

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