Does modifying competition affect the frequency of technical skills in junior rugby league?

MORLEY, D, OGILVIE, P, TILL, K, ROTHWELL, Martyn, O'CONNOR, D and MCKENNA, J (2016). Does modifying competition affect the frequency of technical skills in junior rugby league? International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11 (6), 810-818.

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Abstract

The technical demands of games can be affected by changing the number of players, pitch size and rules. This controlled trial compared the frequency of technical skills between a ‘traditional’ and newly introduced systematically ‘modified’game of primary rugby league. A total of 475 primary rugby league players (Under 7s to 9s) were filmed playing traditional (n¼49) and modified (n¼249) formats. Notational analysis examined the frequency of technical skills (e.g.number of passes) within ‘traditional’ and ‘modified’ games. At each age category, multivariate analysis of variance indicated the clear superiority of the ‘modified’ game for the frequency of technical skills (e.g. Under 7s total skill opportunities – ‘traditional’=342.9�47.0; ‘modified’=449.4�93.3, d=1.44, p<0.001). Systematically modifying the competitive game is an effective way to increase skill opportunities for children within rugby league. Future research should examine the outcomes of modifying games in optimizing skill development in youth sport.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1177/1747954116676107
Depositing User: Martyn Rothwell
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 12:34
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 17:03
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14753

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