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Computer-aided recording and mathematical analysis of team performance in volleyball Eom, Han Joo


The purpose of this study was to develop and test a method to analyze and evaluate team performance in volleyball in terms of individual skill performance as well as sequential skill performances. Seventy-two sample games from the F.I.V.B Cup international men's volleyball competition were video taped, computer recorded, and statistically analyzed. Games were grouped into two categories according to the team standing and game status: Top 4-Bottom 4 teams and Winning-Losing games. MANOVAs and discriminant function analysis were used to investigate the playing characteristics of individual skill performance and to select the best predictor(s) of team success among the skill components. Log-linear procedures were used to examine the dependencies (first- and second-order transition patterns) among the sequential playing actions. Results showed that: 1) the significant differences between the groups were due to better performances on those skills which took place in the Counterattack Process (i.e., Block, Dig, Set, and Spike), demonstrated by the Top 4 teams and in Winning games. Among these the Block and Spike were the most (relatively) important skills determining team success; 2) Success in spiking performance was more dependent upon the given outcomes of the set (1st-order) than those of the reception (2nd-order); and 3) the patterns of 1st- and 2nd-order transitions were stable and consistent regardless of the Team, Game and Process Status. Both the methodology and subsequent results provide a viable aid for effective coaching in volleyball. In addition, this tool may also be applicable to other sporting contexts.

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