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non-starter

1. An issue, topic, or person that makes no progress or shows little evidence of future success. I know you worked really hard on that proposal, but it's a non-starter—the committee refuses to even consider it. You want to be a doctor? Boy, that's a non-starter—you can't even handle the sight of blood! I wouldn't have too much faith in Bobby—he's a nonstarter, and this business will probably just become another in a long line of failures for him.
2. sports One who does not start the game or race. This phrase is often used in horse racing. I watched the race—what happened to our horse? Why was he a non-starter? I may be a non-starter now, but my goal is to supplant the first-string quarterback in time.
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Results showed (see Table 2) that when best teams won games starters were discriminated from nonstarters by their higher values in successful 2-point field-goals (SC = 0.
When worst teams won games, starters were discriminated from nonstarters by their higher values in successful 2-point field-goals (SC = 0.
The aim of the present study was to examine the differences in game-related statistics between basketball starters and nonstarters players when related to game outcome and team quality in women's basketball.
Results from the discriminant analysis showed the power of successful 2-point fieldgoal, successful free-throws and assists discriminating between starters and nonstarters players in all four analyses.
And, on the other hand, women's players are much more likely than men's players to be disturbed by negative comments or crowd support (Pendleton, 2001) then it is not surprising that the nonstarters missed more 2-point field-goals and failed more passes.
The differences in freethrows performance between starters and nonstarters may be associated to: i) technical performances and psychological aspects (i.
In both groups (best and worst teams) the remaining variables that best discriminated between starters and nonstarters were defence-related.
In worst teams, starters and nonstarters were also discriminated by steals in won games with better values for starter players.
The prediction of group membership was similar for starters and nonstarters in all the analyses.
The results obtained enhance the importance of starters and nonstarters contribution to team's performance in different game contexts.
Results showed the power of successful 2-point field-goals, successful free-throws and assists discriminating between starters and nonstarters in all the analyses.
from both samples), the results are consistent and support the need to consider the group's social environment with respect to starters and nonstarters.
Differences in cohesion between high school and college football teams and between starters and nonstarters.
MANOVAs, 2 (Group: starters/non-starters) x 3 (Time: game 1, game 2 and game 3) showed a significant effect of Group for unpleasant transactional emotions, indicating that nonstarters were experiencing more intense unpleasant emotions than starters in the pre-competition period across the three games.
Relative to cortisol concentration, it was predicted that participation to competition would lead to an increase of cortisol concentrations from baseline to game, and that this anticipatory rise would be more important for nonstarters.