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Influence of competition level on referees’ decision-making in handball

Abstract : The influence of competition level on referees' decision-making was investigated. Referees' decisions in 90 handball games (30 games X 3 competition levels) were observed in different situations related to the advantage rule, and 100 referees from two different levels of expertise were subsequently asked to offer explanations for the competition-level effects from the first part of the study. Results revealed that at the highest level of competition referees intervened less frequently with sporting sanctions, but more frequently with disciplinary sanctions. These effects were apparent mainly in immediate intervention situations and unsuccessful advantage situations, but not in successful situations. Referees explained these effects of competition level in terms of a player competence stereotype, in addition to referees' different expertise across competition level. The implications of the findings for understanding how status-related stereotypes impact on intervention behavior are discussed.
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Nicolas Souchon, Andrew G. Livingstone, Brigitte Bardin, Olivier Rascle, Genevieve Cabagno, et al.. Influence of competition level on referees’ decision-making in handball. Social Influence, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2016, 11 (4), pp.246-258. ⟨10.1080/15534510.2016.1259656⟩. ⟨hal-01468278⟩



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