Following a thorough review of the current updated Sport Commitment Model, new candidate commitment sources for possible future inclusion in the model are presented. They were derived from data obtained using the Scanlan Collaborative Interview Method. Three elite New Zealand teams participated: amateur All Black rugby players, amateur Silver Fern netball players, and professional All Black rugby players. An inductive content analysis of these players’ open-ended descriptions of their sources of commitment identified four unique new candidate commitment sources: Desire to Excel, Team Tradition, Elite Team Membership, and Worthy of Team Membership. A detailed definition of each candidate source is included along with example quotes from participants. Using a mixed-methods approach, these candidate sources provide a basis for future investigations to test their viability and generalizability for possible expansion of the Sport Commitment Model.
Tara K. Scanlan, Larry A. Scanlan, Tatiana J. Klunchoo, and Graig M. Chow are with the International Center for Talent Development, Department of Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. (Klunchoo is now with the Law Offices of the Riverside County Public Defender. Chow is now with the Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.) David G. Russell is with the LINZ Activity & Research Unit, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.