Passing and tackling qualities discriminate developmental level in a rugby league talent pathway

Pearce, Leesa A., Sinclair, Wade H., Leicht, Anthony S., and Woods, Carl T. (2019) Passing and tackling qualities discriminate developmental level in a rugby league talent pathway. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 19 (6). pp. 985-998.

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This study compared the passing and tackling qualities of talent identified rugby league (RL) players within a developmental pathway. From a total of 88 players, three developmental levels were defined: under 18 years (U18; n = 27), under 20 years (U20; n = 29), and state league (SL; n = 32). All participants performed skills tests that measured passing and tackling qualities. A MANOVA modelled the main effect of developmental level (three levels: U18, U20 and SL) with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves then built for variables that showed a significant effect. A significant effect was noted for passing over four to 12 m (V= 0.303, F = 2.406, P< 0.05), with the SL players outperforming their U18 and U20 counterparts. The ROC curves generated an area under the curve of greater than 63% for each passing test criterion, indicating greater than chance discrimination. The choice of tackle and technical execution of tackle discriminated the SL players from the U18 and U20 groups. Utilising the criteria for objective measures for fundamental skill assessment throughout RL development is likely to assist with the junior-to-senior transition of talented RL players.

Item ID: 61136
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1474-8185
Keywords: Sport, junior athletes, benchmarking, skill acquisition, long term athlete development
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 4 of the following PhD thesis: Grier, Leesa (2020) Quantifying the physical, technical, and tactical qualities discriminant of development level in the Queensland Rugby League talent pathway. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2019 07:37
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420703 Motor control @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 50%
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