THE EFFECT OF SCORE-LINE ON NETBALL PERFORMANCE
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The purpose of this study was to investigate success rates of British National Super League Netball teams and assess the influence score-line state has upon their performance. The success rates of centre passes, restart turnovers, live turnovers and shots were investigated. A notation system was developed to gather information about events and their outcomes from pre-recorded match videos. A total of 30 British National Super League matches from 2005-08 seasons were analysed. Once data collection was completed it was decided that two separate analyses would be necessary, one on 26 performances in which teams were level and ahead for at least 20 match events and the other on 20 performances in which teams were level and behind for at least 20 match events. Data was analysed using a Wilcoxon signed ranks test to identify any significant differences in success rates of performance between different score-line states. The results identified that significant differences existed only between the ahead, level and behind score-line states for percentage success rates of shots (p<0.05) and between the level and ahead score-line states for percentage success rates of restart turnovers (p<0.05). The results show that score-line state had no effect on the outcomes of centre passes, live turnovers or, for the level-ahead score-line group, restart turnovers. However the was a 12% decrease in restart turnover success rate when ahead compared to when level and shots were found to be more 6% more successful when ahead than when level and 7% more successful when level than when behind. Coaches and players can derive from these findings that teams should never readily accept defeat or presume a victory and instead should play to the best of their ability regardless of score-line state. If all aspects of Netball performance are to remain unaffected by score-line state, motivation tactics and substitution decisions should aim to discourage player perceptions that the end result is inevitable and instead encourage belief of control over the end result.
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