Water polo shots notational analysis according to player positions

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The objective of this study was to examine the offense positions a shot is taken in the field and the ending points of the shots taken from a spot of equal number of defense and offense players (6-6). Matches were recorded (14 match) by a camera and recordings were analyzed by marking and collecting data with notation match analysis method. Repeated measures of ANOVA was used for the statistical analysis. Significant differences were found in 4 of the 6 positions (p3, p4, p5, p6) in shot efficiency (p<0.05). No significant difference was found in shot efficiencies of the five areas (p>0.05). The highest shot efficiency was in P6 (65.35%) and at the overhead (52.52%) in goal. Significant differences were found in 4 of the 6 positions (p1, p3, p5, p6) in goal efficiency (p<0.05). P6 had the highest (27.64%) goal efficiency. P3 was the position with the highest number of shots (140) constituting 30.4% of the total shots (461). 42 (28.2%) of the 149 goal-bound shots depending on the positions were taken from P6. In conclusion, the results of this study show the importance of center players (P6); the number of shot scores from P3 is higher than the other positions. Most players preferred down corners.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2013

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