Strategies in a player’s and a coach’s decision taking in high level feminine rugby

Bernat Llobet i Martí

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Llobet i Martí, B. (2005). Strategies in a player's and a coach's decision taking in high level feminine rugby. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 82, 76-83.



This research compared knowledge representation of a female rugby player and her coach concerning decision-making of the fly half in attack from second phase play. The current female England fly half and the England Women’s Rugby head coach analysed, from the fly half perspective, 15 sequences of the England v Spain match played during the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Barcelona. Protocol analysis of subjects’ verbal reports revealed that the player generated more overall concepts than the coach. The player’s analysis was based on condition-action statements related to goals. In contrast, the knowledge representation of the coach centred on conditions related to actions. Both subjects generated regulatory and do concepts in a similar way, with a majority of positive feedbacks. Knowledge structure of the player appeared to be more complex, but sophistication of concepts was similar for both subjects. Critical analysis of complete sequences viewed revealed a more severe self-assessment of the player compared with that of her coach. In conclusion, and despite the differences found between subjects, the player and her coach demonstrated possession of a similar pattern of decision-making strategies that could be due to a successful transmission of knowledge from the coach to his player.


Keywords: Decision-Making, Knowledge Representation, Protocol Analysis, Rugby Union.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: October 01, 2005