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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-716
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Early online date23-Jun-2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Journal Article
  • SPECIALIZATION
  • REFLECTION
  • YOUTH SOCCER PLAYERS
  • DELIBERATE PRACTICE
  • COMPETITIVE-LEVEL
  • PLAYING POSITION
  • ELITE
  • SPORT
  • PERFORMANCE
  • EXPERTISE

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