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### Game Performance Assessment Instrument

Overview

For this assignment I was to observed four players on the white team.  I chose to observe Nick, Levi, Andy, Katie, and Martel.  I observed these players during actual game play during a game of flag football.  I was to assess their performance using the Game Performance Assessment Instrument (GPAI).  According to (Mitchell, Oslin, and Griffin, 2006) "The GPAI includes behaviors that demonstrate the ability to solve tactical problems by making decisions, moving appropriately, and executing skills."  The components of the GPAI that I used to assess the players contained support, decision making, and skill execution.  According to (Mitchell, Oslin, and Griffin, 2006) "Support is appropriately supporting teammate with the ball (or projectile) by being in position to receive a pass.  Decision making is choosing which movement or skill to execute in response to a tactical problem.  After players decide what they are going to perform, skill selection and execution must be efficient to achieve the desired outcome."  Decision making is what the player decides to do during the play.  Skill execution is how well the player execute a certain skill weather it is hitting or fielding the ball correctly.  Below is a data sheet containing the GPAI components and player names.  The data sheet also includes the total number of tallies given to each player during my observations.  The GPAI has a scoring system of Appropriate (A), Inappropriate (IA), Efficient (E), and Inefficient (IE).  Below the data sheet will be a detailed description of how each of the players played.

Data Sheet

 Name Skill Execution (E) Skill Execution (IE) Decision Making (A) Decision Making (IA) Support (E) Support (IE) Nick 4 0 4 0 4 0 Levi 2 1 3 0 4 1 Andy 2 1 2 0 4 0 Katie 2 0 2 0 4 0 Martel 4 0 3 0 4 1

Below is a table showing the percentage scores for game performance.  I used four formulas for this.  According to
(Mitchell, Oslin, and Griffin, 2006) "Skill execution Index (SEI) --> is the number of efficient skill executions divided by the number of efficient skill executions plus the number of inefficient skill executions, SEI=(E/(E+IE)).  Decision Making Index (DMI) --> is the number of appropriate decisions made divided by the number of appropriate decisions made plus the number of inappropriate decisions made, DMI = (A/(A+IA)).  Game involvement = Add together all responses that indicate involvement in the game . GI = Support + Skill Execution + Decision Making.  Game performance is calculated by adding scores from all components assessed and dividing by the number of components assessed, GP = (Support + Skill Execution + Decision Making) / 3."

 Name SEI DMI GI GP Nick 4/(4+0) 100% 4/(4+0) 100% 4+4+4 12 3/12.25 Levi 2/(2+1) 66% 3/(3+0) 100% 2+1+3+4+1 11 3/11.27 Andy 2/(2+1) 66% 2/(2+0) 100% 2+1+2+4 9 3/9.33 Katie 2/(2+0) 100% 2/(2+0) 100% 2+2+48 3/8.38 Martel 4/(4+0) 100% 3/(3+0) 100% 4+3+4+112 3/12.25

Player Descriptions

Nick:  Nick was a great player to observe.  He played quarterback as well as wide receiver.  He did a great job designing plays for his team to be successful.  Nick played with a lot of energy and a positive attitude.  Anybody observing a sport could learn a lot of watching a player like Nick.  He demonstrated good sportsperson-ship as well as communication with his team.  He is a real leader on his team.  Nick did throw a touchdown as well as catching one.  Nick also did a great job supporting his team by finding open space on the floor as well as finding the open receiver when the other teams coverage broke down.  I had a great time watching Nick play flag football.

Levi:  Levi was a good player to watch as well, I believe that he has had previous football experience and he transferred that knowledge into playing this game of flag football.  Levi did a great job playing quarterback and wide receiver.  I believe that he helped design plays to get his players open.  He demonstrated great sportsperson-ship and communication.  He did an error while trying to catch the ball as he did drop a ball in the end zone but he was being well covered.  I believe Levi is a great player to observe and learn from.

Andy:  Andy is a great player to observe because I know he knows a lot about football as he helps coach his old high school team.  I know Andy helped his players out by explaining how to run certain routes and designed plays for the players who have little football experience, I will discuss those plays later.  Andy played quarterback and wide receiver.  Andy rushed for a touchdown while he was playing quarterback.  He did make a throwing error while he was at quarterback but he made up for it after the incompletion because he did rush for that touchdown.  He did a great job on defense by supporting his teammates by taking away space from the offensive players.  I feel that I could learn a lot from observing how Andy plays and coaches.

Katie:  Katie was a fun player to observe.  I do not think she has had very much football experience as it showed in her performance.  She did catch a few passes and none for scores however.  She was a great contributing factor for her team.  Andy had designed a trick play for her, as the ball was snapped Katie would run a crossing pattern and would fall on purpose, this was to distract the other teams defenders and get somebody open.  I feel that even though this is a cheap trick it demonstrates her ability to support her team.  She also did get a tackle on the defensive side of the ball and helped her team out by rushing the quarterback.

Martel:  Martel was a great player to observe.  He played with great energy and enthusiasm. I believe that Martel has had previous football experience because he found ways to get open by running great routes and supporting his team on defense by breaking up passing and catching an interception.  Martel did play quarterback and wide receiver, he did catch a touchdown and made a few tackles on the defensive side of the ball.  I learned a lot from observing Martel and I feel that he is a great contributor to his team both on the field and off of the field.