The Psychological Interface between the Coach-Created Motivational Climate and the Coach-Athlete Relationship in Team Sports

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Alkisti Olympiou University of Leeds

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Sophia Jowett Loughborough University

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Joan L. Duda University of Birmingham

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The study’s objective was to investigate the motivational significance of the coach-athlete relationship in team sports. 591 athletes completed the Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire (Newton, Duda, & Yin, 2000) to assess perceptions of the coach-created motivational climate and two Coach-Athlete Relationship Questionnaires to assess direct perceptions (Jowett & Ntoumanis, 2004) and meta-perceptions (Jowett, in press) of the relationship quality. Canonical correlation analyses revealed that the perceived task-involving features of the coaching climate, in which role importance, co-operation, and improvement are emphasized, were associated with experiencing higher levels of closeness, commitment, and complementarity with the coach. Perceptions of the ego-involving features of the coach-created environment which emphasizes punitive responses to mistakes, rivalry, and unequal recognition were associated with lower levels of perceived closeness, commitment, and complementarity with the coach. These results support the notion that the coach-athlete relationship has implications for the motivation of athletes participating in team sports.

Olympiou is with the Sport and Exercise Sciences University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. Jowett is with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, UK. Duda is with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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