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Management and Content Analysis of Timeout during Volleyball Games


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The aim of the study was to record the administration of time out in relation to the score, along with coaches' analysis of their comments and also the varieties of comments between teams which won and which lost the games. The sample was the 12 coaches of Greek A1 division championships. It was recorded 238 time outs in 12 official games in local period. The procedure was accomplished through video and sound recording during time out and then it was analyzed. The Instrument for Recording Coaches' Comments during Time-Outs (Hastie, 1999) was used. Analysis of frequencies showed that most of the coaches preferred to take time out after the first technical time out (9-16 points -36%) and especially after the second (17-21 points -39.3%). They also used time out mainly when the score was 2 points in favour to the opponent team 22%. As far as the variety kinds of comments that each coach used, it was found that most of those comments referred to game tactics (50.85%). Psychological comments were fewer (26.70%), while other comments were even less (19.61%). MANOVA (p<.05) didn't show any significant difference between the coaches comments and their final ranking (1-4, 5-8, 9-12).
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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