8-13 year-old table tennis players’ shooting accuracy versus competitive success analysis

8-13 year-old table tennis players’ shooting accuracy versus competitive success analysis


E.D. Mishutin1
Dr. Hab., Professor G.V. Barchukova1
1Russian State University of Physical Education, Sports, Youth and Tourism (SCOLIPE), Moscow

Objective of the study was to find the best shooting accuracy rating tests and analyze the shooting accuracy test rates versus the competitive successes of the 8-13 year-old table tennis players.
Methods and structure of the study. We sampled for the study the 8-13 year-old junior Class II to adult Class II qualified table tennis players (n=17) having the 2-4 year sports records and practical competitive experiences and successes listed with the Moscow table tennis Amateurs ranking system. The shooting accuracies were tested by (1) diagonal backhand drive; (2) diagonal forehand drive; (3) alternative straight/ diagonal backhand drive; (4) alternative straight/ diagonal forehand drive; and (5) figure-of-eight back/forehand straight drives tests. The shooting accuracy was also tested by the backhand target drives, with the targets varied in sizes and locations on the table.
Results and conclusion. The shooting accuracy tests were found beneficial for the individual table tennis fitness rating purposes, plus were found highly correlated with the individual competitive successes and rankings; with the straight backhand, straight forehand and figure-of-eight drive tests ranked most efficient for the shooting accuracy rating purposes as highly correlated with the competitive rankings. Furthermore, the shooting accuracy of the age- and skill-group was found well ratable by the target shooting accuracy tests with application of the 20x20cm targets. The relevant expert recommendations were found to agree with our own experimental findings in terms of the target being ideally located on the table corners in the tests. We also found that the trainees need to be offered pre-test warm-ups to obtain the most adequate test data. To mitigate the natural mental/ emotional stressors in the tests, we would recommend the tests being preceded by the warm-up table tennis practices traditional for the table tennis training systems.


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