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Luc J. Martin, Jessi Wilson, M. Blair Evans and Kevin S. Spink

Although cliques are often referenced in sporting circles, they have received little attention in the group dynamics literature. This is surprising given their potential influence on group-related processes that could ultimately influence team functioning (e.g., Carron & Eys, 2012). The present study examined competitive athletes’ perceptions of cliques using semistructured interviews with 18 (nine female, nine male) intercollegiate athletes (Mage = 20.9, SD = 1.6) from nine sport teams. Athletes described the formation of cliques as an inevitable and variable process that was influenced by a number of antecedents (e.g., age/tenure, proximity, similarity) and ultimately shaped individual and group outcomes such as isolation, performance, and sport adherence. Further, athletes described positive consequences that emerged when existing cliques exhibited more inclusive behaviors and advanced some areas of focus for the management of cliques within sport teams. Results are discussed from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

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Sadjad Soltanzadeh and Mitchell Mooney

( Gianni, D’Ambrogio, & Tolk, 2014 ; Sage & Armstrong 2000 ), physics ( Makarov 2014 ), science and technology studies ( Latour, 1992 ), and in modelling and evaluating team performance and injury management in sport ( Hulme & Finch 2015 ; Mooney, Charlton, Soltanzadeh, & Drew, 2017 ; Soltanzadeh

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Cornelia Frank, Gian-Luca Linstromberg, Linda Hennig, Thomas Heinen and Thomas Schack

Success in team sports heavily depends on individuals acting together in a coordinated fashion toward a common goal (for reviews, see Araújo & Bourbousson, 2016 ; Eccles & Tenenbaum, 2004 ; Eccles, & Tran Turner, 2014 ; Schmidt, Fitzpatrick, Caron, & Mergeche, 2011 ; Sebanz, Bekkering

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Levi Heimans, Wouter R. Dijkshoorn, Marco J.M. Hoozemans and Jos J. de Koning

value of drafting is explicitly addressed during a team pursuit in track cycling. In this Olympic discipline, 4 cyclists try to cover a distance of 4000 m together, as fast as possible. The team members benefit from each other by means of rotations of the first cyclist to the fourth position every 250 m

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Patrick Ward, Aaron J. Coutts, Ricard Pruna and Alan McCall

and the team as a collective. The gold standard is likely to follow an evidence-led approach 1 , 2 using the integration of coaching expertise, athlete values, and the best relevant research evidence into the decision-making process for the day-to-day service delivery to players. 2 The aim of this

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Henry Wear and Bob Heere

, 2008 ; Gladden & Funk, 2002 ; Kunkel, Funk, & King, 2014 ; Ross, 2006 , 2007 ), we still know little of how marketers can develop a new brand ( Grant, Heere, & Dickson, 2011 ; Kunkel, Doyle, Funk, Du, & McDonald, 2016 ). The study of new sport teams has received increasing focus in the sport

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Frazer Atkinson, Sandra E. Short and Jeffrey Martin

In sport psychology research, efficacy beliefs are considered critical psychological factors that influence performance ( Feltz, Short, & Sullivan, 2008 ). In the current study, the relationship between athletes’ perceptions of their coaches’ efficacy and perceptions of their team’s efficacy were

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Samuel T. Forlenza, Scott Pierce, Robin S. Vealey and John Mackersie

this study, therefore, was to identify specific actions that coaches can do to build confidence in their athletes and teams from the perspective of athletes themselves. Much of the confidence research in the sport psychology field stems from Bandura’s ( 1997 ) notion of self-efficacy beliefs, which

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Herbert Wagner, Patrick Fuchs, Andrea Fusco, Philip Fuchs, Jeffrey W. Bell and Serge P. von Duvillard

Modern (indoor) team handball has been an Olympic team sport since 1972 for men and since 1976 for women. Team handball has grown to become a sport played worldwide. Especially in Europe, team handball is very popular and well merchandised for male and female teams by the European Handball

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Moongi Cho

October 14, 1945 to the Baseball Competition of Districts in November 1946. Games were held 3.6 times per month on average (Table  1 ). Among these games, the one that particularly attracted the attention of South Koreans at that time was the Joseon Army Team vs. the 24th US Army Team (hereinafter