Prospective information for pass decisional behaviour in Rugby Union

V. Correia, D. Araujo, Cathy Craig, P. Passos

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

58 Citations (Scopus)


Decision-making requires the perception of relevant information variables that emerge from the player–environment interaction. The purpose of the present article is to empirically assess whether players’ decisional behavior about which type of pass to make is influenced by the spatio-temporal variable tau. Time series positional data of rugby players were analyzed from video footage taken in real match scenarios. The tau of the distance motion gap between attacker and defender was calculated, along with the duration of the next pass. Results revealed that the initial tau value predicted 64% of the variance found in pass duration. A qualitative distinction of tau dynamics between two periods of the approach between the attacker and the defender was also observed. We argue that the time-to-contact between the attacker and the defender may yield information about future pass possibilities. Additionally, the informational fields constraining attacker–defender interaction may be viewed as a convergent channeling of possibilities towards a single pass solution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)984-997
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Movement Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Biophysics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Prospective information for pass decisional behaviour in Rugby Union'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this