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The importance and development of ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills in basketball players for different positions

The importance and development of ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills in basketball players for different positions
Marije Titia Elferink-Gemser, Laura Jonker, Chris Visscher, Barbara Catharina Helena Huijgen, Sanne Cornelia Maria te Wierike

ABSTRACT

This study first investigated the importance of ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills in achieving the elite level in basketball. The second aim was to gain insight into the development of, and association between ball control and (self-reported) self-regulatory skills that contribute to achieving the elite level, with taking into account positional differences. Talented male players (N = 73; age 16.56 ± 1.96) completed the STARtest to measure ball control and a questionnaire to measure (self-reported) self-regulation from 2008–2012. Results showed that (self-reported) reflective skills were most important to achieve the elite level (OR = 11.76; P < 0.05). There was no significant improvement in (self-reported) reflection over time for guards, forwards, and centers. Improvement in ball control was evident for guards (r = −0.65; P < 0.05). Furthermore, guards and forwards had better ball control compared to centers (P < 0.01). For those two positions, negative correlations were found between (self-reported) reflection and ball control, i.e., higher reflection was related to better ball control (guards r = −0.19; forwards r = −0.18) in contrast to centers (r = 0.34). It is concluded that (self-reported) reflective skills are important to achieve the elite level, while ball control seems especially important for guards.

Publisher URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2017.1334954

DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1334954

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