Aim: Since the early 2000s, the scouting project “Centri Tecnici Federali” (CTF) has represented the largest program for female talent selection of the Italian Basketball Federation, Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (FIP). The aim of this study was to measure the influence of CTF on players’ selection for the Italian National team between 2007 and 2014. Methods: For this study, 1517 athletes born between 1992 and 2001 were selected. A longitudinal analysis was carried out on their national and international careers, starting with information collected during the CTF scouting (14.39±0.55 y-o). The data was analyzed based on: age, height, duration of CTF selection, duration of transition period between CTF and professional career (PRO), and number of seasons spent in the national championship. Differences between groups were assessed with Chi Square and Student T-test (significant differences were found P<0,05). Results were expressed as percentages, means and SD. Results: The results show that 50% of the athletes reached a national level (NL) championship and 6% reached an international level (IL). Significant differences emerged for every parameter, except for the duration of transition period between CTF and PRO. It is also interesting to note that 90% of the players U22 recruited on the national team in the summer of 2014 have had previous experience with CTF scouting. Conclusion: Beyond strong physical development (1), our study shows how other factors, such as the relevant social context or how old the athlete was when she was scouted, can have a significant effect on the development of a talented athlete (2). In conclusion, our results confirm the importance of CTF for Italian female basketball players for their national and international career. References: 1) Erčulj F, Bračič M (2010) "Differences between various types of elite young female basketball players in terms of their morphological charateristics", Kinesiologia Slovenica, 16, 1-2, 51-60. 2) Vaeyens R, Güllich A, Warr CR, Philippaerts R (2009) "Talent identification and promotion programmes of Olympic athletes", J Sports Sci, 27:13, 1367-1380.
|Titolo:||The scouting project of the Italian basketball federation for female talent selection|
BENIS, ROBERTO (Secondo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-EDF/02 - Metodi e Didattiche delle Attivita' Sportive|
|Data di pubblicazione:||set-2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s11332-015-0234-0|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|