Age-ordered shirt numbering reduces the selection bias associated with the relative age effect

  title={Age-ordered shirt numbering reduces the selection bias associated with the relative age effect},
  author={David Lindsay Mann and Pleun J M A van Ginneken},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={784 - 790}
ABSTRACT When placed into age groups for junior sporting competition, the relative differences in age between children leads to a bias in who is evaluated as being talented. While the impact of this relative age effect (RAE) is clear, until now there has been no evidence to show how to reduce it. The aim of this study was to determine whether the selection bias associated with the RAE could be reduced. Talent scouts from an elite football club watched junior games and ranked players on the… 

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