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

Bennett, Kyle J. M. and Scott, Brendan R. and Fransen, Job and Elsworthy, Nathan and Sanctuary, Colin E. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Dascombe, Ben J. (2016) Examining the skill involvements of under-16 rugby league players during a small-sided game and match-play. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11 (4). pp. 532-537. ISSN 1747-9541


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 68 m by 40 m playing surface for 3 min) 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.

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Date Deposited: 29 May 2017 00:03
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: rugby football; skill-based conditioning games; youth sport
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954116654780
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32255

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