A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Impact Varying Levels of Extra Practice Have on Specific Skill Development in School-Age Lacrosse Players
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of extra practice on players’ individual skill development based on players receiving extra practice in solo fashion with a coach versus practicing on their own. The researcher hypothesized that the group receiving extra practice with quality instruction would develop their shot speed in the sport of lacrosse at a higher level than participants who practiced extra without support of a coach. This was a quasi-experimental study measuring two different groups with a pretest/posttest design which was used to measure the data. Data did reject the null hypothesis and it was found that the group which worked with a coach receiving quality instruction increased their shot speed at a higher level than the group without coaching. Research should continue as the sample set of data collected was impacted due to COVID-19 limiting access to participants for an extended period of time due to lack of field space for a longitudinal study.