The effect of height in different positional roles in netball
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The present investigation tests to distinguish any advantages height plays within the structure of a college netball team. Eight matches were analysed using a hand notation system. A complete turn around of players was used so all athletes were analysed in each of the seven positions. Results were compared between players and overall team statistics achieved in the match where the investigated netball team assumed regular position. Passing and shooting were used as the main performance indicators for successful and unsuccessful play. Analysis found that individual performance was better when athletes were playing in unfamiliar positions however the team performed better when players remained in usual formation. The shortest members of the team played centre court roles, whist the tallest played either a defensive or attacking position. The results indicate the beneficial attribute of height to shooting. Taller players on average performed significantly better at shooting; more shots to goal, than the shortest members of the team. Passing was found to be a transferable skill between positions with height not affecting the successful execution of the skill (> 5%). Conclusions were based upon other physical, physiological and psychological differences between player positions. Height is an important prerequisite for netball performance, however it is important that skill acquisition, biomechanical and anthropometric data are considered when evaluating the extent to which it is required.
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