SKILL MASTERY SHOULD BE THE PRINCIPAL FOCUS OF TRAINING
Seifriz, J. J., Duda, J. L., & Chi, L. (1992). The relationship of perceived motivational climate to intrinsic motivation and beliefs about success in basketball. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 14, 375-391.
This study investigated the relationship of perceived motivational climate to intrinsic motivation and attribution beliefs in a basketball setting. Male high-school varsity basketball players (N = 105) completed four instruments: Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire (two subscales of Mastery and Performance Climate scales); an adaptation of the Classroom Achievement Goals Questionnaire to indicate the perceived motivational climate; the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory; and a Beliefs about the Causes of Success Questionnaire.
The Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire was comprised of two valid and reliable subscales, the Mastery and Performance Climate scales. The following were found.
Implication. Players should be performance-oriented concerning their own performances and playing capacities. The team should be focused on mastery of tasks associated with the sport. That combination will produce the best level of intrinsic motivation.
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