The coordination between officials and players: how the game's unfolding is co-constructed?

Abstract : Some research has studied officiating in its daily practice context (MacMahon, 1999; Mascarenhas et al., 2005; Ollis et al., 2006), but few studies focus on the official's activity as a scientific object (Rix-Lièvre et al., 2014). As some officials are considered ‘interactors’ (MacMahon & Plessner, 2008), studying their activity leads to highlight the co-construction of the game's unfolding (Rix-Lièvre et al., 2014). To address this issue, we studied the official's activity and their coordination with the players during the match. An activity-oriented approach seeks to understand ‘from within’ how the subject constructs his/her activity (Récopé et al., in press), what is meaningful for him/her, and what is at stake ‘here and now’. To understand the coordination supposes to approach how everyone lives his/her situation (Poizat et al., 2012). Four elite rugby matches were investigated. Several video recordings were produced: one from the stands; another from a head-mounted video camera worn by the official. Video recordings were used to conduct various individual self-confrontation interviews in order to approach what is salient and significant for the official and players during the same match moment. It was found that before any intervention of the official, shared contextual information and shared perception are strongly limited. The official's intervention (whistle, gesture, speech) initiates different modalities of coordination based on resignation, obviousness or reflexivity-in-action. We present these different coordination modalities and discuss new training opportunities to improve interactions between players and sport officials.
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Géraldine Rix-Lièvre, Ian Cunningham, Simon Boyer. The coordination between officials and players: how the game's unfolding is co-constructed?. 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Jul 2019, Munster, Germany. ⟨hal-02281176⟩



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