Examining the skill involvements of under-16 rugby league players during a small-sided game and match-play

This study investigated the correlations between the skill demands of an ‘on-side’ small-sided game (SSG) and match-play in under-16 junior rugby league players. Fifteen Harold Matthews players undertook a SSG (10 vs. 10 on a 68m by 40m playing surface for 3min) in the week leading up to round 6 of their competitive season. The frequency of skill involvements (i.e. offensive, defensive and total) was manually coded using a specific criterion. The defensive and total skill involvements were significantly higher per minute of play in the SSG when compared to match-play. A significant, very large, positive correlation was observed between offensive and total skill involvements during a SSG and offensive skill involvements during a match (r(s)=0.80, p<0.01; r(s)=0.71, p<0.01, respectively). No significant correlations were evident for defensive skill involvements during SSG and match-play. Overall, it appears that the selected SSG provided players with ample opportunity to practice match-specific skills. In addition, the transfer of these opportunities seems confined to offensive rather then defensive skills. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR
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Subjects: observation technique tactics rugby junior elite sport attack defense
Notations: training science sport games junior sports
DOI: 10.1177/1747954116654780
Published in: International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Published: Sage Publications 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 4
Pages: 532-537
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced