Brajanath Kundu, Sangita Bose, Santwana Mondal, Sukanta Saha, Muhammad Shahidul Islam


Purpose: To develop a standardized test battery for the selection and identification of talented female volleyball players. Methods: Two hundred (N=200) junior national level female volleyball players (Mage=15.5 years & SDage=± 1.0) from five states in India have voluntarily participated in this study. Total 22 test items comprise of eight anthropometric measurements, eight physical fitness and six volleyball skills were administered on the subject according to standard procedure. Results: After administering item analysis, residual correlation matrix, and factor analysis eight test items i.e. weight, height, vertical jump, spiking, setting, service, service reception & passing and blocking were finally elicited to constitute the test battery for identification of talent in female volleyball players. The reliability coefficient using split-half was 0.82 and for validity index item-sum correlation coefficients were 0.73 to 0.79 (p<0.01). The 5-point gradation criteria and cut-off value for selection principle in each test were developed. Percentile and T-scale norms for each test item in the battery were also developed. Conclusions: These findings demonstrate that the measurements of the above mention anthropometric characteristics, physical fitness, and volleyball skill tests may assist coaches in the early phases of talent identification in volleyball games for the female players.

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