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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Taras Liskevych

Second Committee Member

Michael Davis


A multiple baseline across behaviors design was used to test the effectiveness of a treatment package involving the use of a videotape recorder to improve the performance of college women volleyball players. The subjects were four highly skilled athletes, as evidenced by thei.r participation in the University of the Pacific volleyball program, ranked second nationally during the 1980-81 season. The treatment package consisted of the following: (a) zooming in with a video camera on particular aspects of the players' performances; (b) attempts to change only one aspect of the performance of a skill rather than the entire skill; (c) cueing and corrective feedback provided by the coach during the players' viewing of the resulting videotapes; (d) the players immediately correcting their errors in performance after viewing the videotapes and (e) multiple viewings by the players of videotapes of their correct performances of the volleyball skills. The results indicated that all of the subjects benefited from the videotape treatment package. Two of the players showed improvement in the two volleyball skills for which the treatment was given. The other two players showed improvement in one of the two volleyball skills for which the treatment was given. For three of the four players their improved practice performances with the videotape treatment also resulted in improved performances during scrimmages for at least one of the two target behaviors.