Combining Video Elicitation Interviews with a Teaching Games for Understanding Coaching Intervention to Improve a Mini Tennis Player’s Tactical Decision Making
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The study investigated the impact of video elicitation interviews combined with a Teaching Games for Understanding coaching intervention on a Mini Tennis player’s tactical decision making. A Mini Tennis player was video recorded playing competitive matches in three separate competitions. Following each match a video elicitation interview was conducted to assess the player’s tactical decision making. In between each competition the coach delivered a coaching intervention using a Teaching Games for Understanding approach, designed to improve the player’s tactical decision making in specific game situations. Field notes were recorded following each coaching session to record the player’s progress. The data was analysed by comparing the percentage of agreed decisions between each competition. Data was extracted from the field notes to support any changes in the player’s tactical decision making between competitions. The results showed the player’s tactical decision making improved from 54.17% of agreed decisions in Competition One to 86.96% of agreed decisions in Competition Three. The player’s improved tactical decision making was attributed to a combination of the video elicitation interviews and the Teaching Games for Understanding coaching sessions, both of which engaged the player in constructivist learning strategies and empowered the player to make decisions for himself. This in turn helped to develop the player’s tactical decision making and tactical understanding. The findings from the study provide support for tennis coaches to apply this real-life coaching intervention within a practical setting to improve a player’s tactical decision making and tactical understanding.
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