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USABIAGA, Oidui; CASTELLANO, Julen  and  ANGUERA, M. Teresa. Use of space in basque pelota training categories: application of sequential analysis. CPD [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp.103-112. ISSN 1989-5879.

This study addresses the search for behavior patterns associated with the use of space taken by under-10 and under-12 hand pelota players participating in school sports. Twelve games (60 players), six per age group (30 players per age group), were observed, coded, and recorded using an ad hoc observation instrument designed to analyze the strategic use of space, including the following criteria: ball hit areas and serve, service return and exchange beatings directions. The data sets were analyzed by lag sequential analysis and revealed differences in space use behavior patterns between the two age groups, with the older players showing a more quantity, variety and length of behaviors. The ball hits of under-12 were initiated and completed in all areas of the court and directions are combined in both lateral (left and right) and longitudinal (medium and short distance) axis. Its application in the field of school sport will enable technicians to implement appropriate intervention strategies in order to optimize the behavior of players.

Keywords : observational methodology; game analysis; behavioural patterns; ball games; sequential analysis.

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