Employment time-out in volleyball formative stages
The main objective of the research was to analyze the characteristics of the time-outs requested in the Spanish Championship of Regional Selections in 2010 (Under-14 and Under-16, male and female categories). To this end, 232 timeouts were analyzed, a game of each of the teams participating in the championship was collected. The variables considered in the study were: number of consecutive serves of the opposing team that run until the time-out was ordered, number of serves that are made until the team requesting the time- out gets the serve, points of difference between the teams at the moment the time-out was ordered and moment of the set in what the time-out was ordered. The results showed that: more than 64% of cases, the team orders the time-out when the opposing team pass two serves or less; in 75% of cases, the team that orders the time-out gets the serve when the opposing team spends two serves or less; 37% of time-outs were ordered with a difference of 2, 3 or 4 points, and 40% with a difference of 5 points or more. In addition, time-outs were distributed balanced in the different moments of the set, moment 1 or initial part of the set (34.5%), moment 2 or intermediate part of the set (34.1%) and moment 3 or final part of the set (31.5%).
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