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ERIC Number: EJ862173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Practice Behaviors of Youth Soccer Players
Smith, Robert C.; Ward, Phillip; Rodrigues-Neto, Manoel; Zhang, Peng
Physical Educator, v66 n1 p2-11 Win 2009
Coaching youth athletes has much in common with teaching physical education. Over the past three decades there has been substantive research in physical education settings that has given educators empirical support for effective teaching practices to improve the learner's performance. However, little research has taken place in youth sport settings. The purpose of this investigation was to examine youth soccer training and game environments. The dependent measures were ALT-PE and opportunities for players to participate (i.e., number and success of trials). Three 9 year-old male players of average and below average ability levels participated in the study. Results show while the players were engaged 75.5% of practice time, there were less than 20 trials per 10-min for players to improve. These data have important implications for both coaching and physical education instruction. The most important of which is that coaches and teachers need to create practice environments that provide opportunities for students to engage in high numbers of successful trials. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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