Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceptions of Selected Taiwanese Administrators and Coaches in Participating in a Proposed Nationwide High School Basketball Tournament

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceptions of Selected Taiwanese Administrators and Coaches in Participating in a Proposed Nationwide High School Basketball Tournament

Article excerpt

Although basketball was often cited as the most popular extracurricular sport activity in Taiwan, the overall participation rate in current high-school basketball leagues (both Division-I and Division-II) was less than 33%. Major issues concerning the growth of this league included the practice of elitism, overcommercialization and emphasis in winning. In order to promote the concept of developing an actual grass-rooted nationwide basketball tournament, this study examined the perceptions of the selected high school administrators (principals = 30, athletic directors = 34) and coaches (n = 27) toward this idea. The proposed tournament format was explained to all high-school administrators and coaches (n = 210) of Taipei during an annual educators' conference in 2005. The total number of participants who chose to respond to the survey was 91 (men = 71, women = 20) indicating a returned rate of 43%. The survey questionnaire, which was modified from Chen's (2004) study, contained four subsets of 5-point Likert-type scale items. The content of those four subsets elicited participants' responses in areas such as preference toward the sport and competition (5 items), perceived criteria for building a successful team (12 items), perceived benefits of participation (9 items), and potential impediments for continuing participation (12 items). Factor analyses were performed to further enhance the validity of each subset. …

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