Relationships among motivational climate, satisfaction, perceived ability, and fair play attitudes in young soccer players

Mercè Boixadós, Jaume Cruz, Miquel Torregrosa, Lourdes Valiente

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Abstract

The present study examined relationships among perceptions of motivational climate, perceived ability, satisfaction and fair play attitudes in young soccer players. Participants were 472 male Catalan players (from 10 to 14 years). Results indicated that perceptions of a task-involving climate were positively associated with satisfaction in practices and self-referenced perceived ability and were inversely related to rough play attitudes and normative perceived ability. In addition, perceptions of an ego-involving motivational climate were related positively with normative perceived ability and with favorable attitudes towards winning in a soccer game. The differences across motivational climate profiles groups revealed that the highest level of acceptance of rough play was found in the subgroup with a low-task/high-ego orientation. In contrast, the lowest level of acceptance of rough play was found in the opposite subgroup of high-task/low-ego. The findings support the importance of creating a task-involving climate in sports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-317
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004

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