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Playing patterns of elite and non-elite volleyball.

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The purpose of this study was to develop an efficient and comprehensive hand notation system, for the purpose of effectively recording elite and non-elite volleyball. Twenty sets (ten for each standard) were analysed post event from video recordings to provide technical, tactical and court utilization data to ascertain the different patterns of play adopted by the two standards.

An investigation in to the patterns of play in volleyball was the chosen area of investigation because it is an area that has had very little work done on, the originality of the project meant that results found were not predictable or obvious. As a keen volleyball player the author maintained interest and enthusiasm throughout the work.

Results showed that clear distinctions do exist between elite and non-elite teams, firstly in the quality of the execution of shots, where elite teams were significantly better for the quality of both the serve reception and the defence. This proved significant as it was found that the quality of elite teams setting was dependant on the quality of the defence or serve reception, similarly it was found that the quality of the attack depended on the quality of the set. Although similar results were found for non-elite teams the relationship was not so strong. The research also found that the rally outcome differed significantly, with elite teams winning more points and making less errors.

It was concluded that clear distinctions do exist between elite and non-elite teams, firstly in the quality of the execution of shots, where elite teams were significantly better for the quality of both when serving and receiving. This proved significant as it was found that the quality of elite teams setting was dependant on the quality of the defence or serve reception, similarly it was found that the quality of the attack depended on the quality of the set. Although similar results were found for non-elite teams the relationship was not so strong. The research also found that the rally outcome differed significantly, with elite teams winning more points and making less errors.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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