A Comparative Study of Some Individual Defensive Skills among the Players of Qualified and Non-Qualified Teams for the Second Stage of the Handball Premier League for the Season 2020-2021
The purpose of this paper istoidentifying the level of performance of some individual defensive skills in handball among players, as well as identifying the differences in the performance level of some individual defensive skills in handball among Army Club players and Al-Kut Club players for the season 2020-2021.To achieve the goal, the researchers used the descriptive approach in the survey method for its suitability to solve the research problem and achieve its goals. The research community consisted of players of the handball Premier League clubs for the season (2020-2021), which numbered (192) players, with (11) clubs representing the clubs participating in the Iraqi League,Where all goalkeepers were excluded, the number of players reached only 159, and they represent the research community. As for the research sample, the researchers chose (38) players from among them, as the percentage amounted to (22%) of the research community. The researchers concluded that the level of performance of some individual defensive skills in handball for Army Sports Club players and Al-Kut Sports Club players was determined, as well as the presence of significant differences (difference) in the performance level of some individual defensive skills in handball between Army Sports Club players and Al-Kut Sports Club players, in favor of players Army Sports Club, and the researchers recommend paying attention to improving and developing the individual defensive skills of Al-Kut Sports Club players and enhancing them among ArmySports Club players, as well as the need to give more time to defensive skills during training units for the purpose of raising the defensive level of the players.