Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Performance Patterns of Regular Players in Pickup Basketball Game

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Performance Patterns of Regular Players in Pickup Basketball Game

Article excerpt

Development of movement competence has been identified as an important outcome of quality physical education programs (Darst & Pangrazi, 2002; NASPE, 2004). One assumption is that individuals will participate in physical activities more if they are competent in the motor skills of the activities. However, we still do not know what level of skill is needed for continuous participation in an activity, and the professionals have called for more research on the levels of skills among the regular participants (Rink & Stewart, 2003). Thus, the purpose of this study was to describe performance patterns of basketball game play among regular basketball pick-up game participants. One hundred twelve adults who played pick-up basketball games during leisure time were initially recruited to participate in the study. By using a survey, 65 players including 3 women were identified as regular players who played pick-up games at least once and had a cumulative time of no fewer than 40 min per week at least for 1 year. Forty-eight percent of the participants have played pick-up games for more than 10 years. The participants were recruited from basketball courts located in two parks, two universities, one church, and one large enterprise in three different cities in central California. All participants were required to play a 4-on-4 game or a 5-on-5 game for 15 min. …

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