Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Goal Setting Techniques of Successful Collegiate Women's Basketball Coaches

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Goal Setting Techniques of Successful Collegiate Women's Basketball Coaches

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Flo Luppani and Belinda Stillwell, Humboldt State University

The purpose of this study was to describe the goal setting strategies of successful basketball coaches and to determine if they support the current goal setting theories in the sports field. Ten coaches from the National Collegiate Athletic Association were interviewed during their pre, mid, and post 1998-99 basketball season (1 Division I, 5 Division II, and 4 Division III). The interviews were conducted by phone and were tape recorded for accuracy purposes. Constant comparison was used to analyze the interview data. Results were congruent with current goal setting theories in that coaches showed similarities in establishing long-term team goals, short-term team goals, individual goals and in the way these goals were monitored. Two themes emerged from the data; (1) commitment to winning, and (2) goal congruency. Commitment to winning was evident in the persistency of their goals throughout the season and in the way in which these coaches recruited athletes. All short-term team goals and individual goals rela ted directly to the long-term team goal, making goal congruency a major theme in this study. …

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