Explorative analysis of two collegiate basketball players and a narrative analysis of post-game comments
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Although there are specific studies referencing team processes, motivations, and orientations within athletics, little research has analyzed the orientations and motivations of collegiate basketball players using qualitative and phenomenological methods. The purpose of this study was to examine the measures of orientations and motivations of two collegiate basketball players, who were also teammates. Specifically, the study aimed to analyze their individual and team orientations. Six semi-structured interviews with the participants revealed five emergent themes, including individual orientations, team orientations, coach theme, role theme, and the notion of “buying in” to team norms. Interviews were transcribed into text and emergent themes were identified by the researcher. The five emergent themes were then analyzed and further dissected. Findings revealed that Player 2, who participated often in games, demonstrated a greater reliance on individual orientations than Player 1. Furthermore, Player 1 demonstrated a strong reliance on team orientations. In addition, the players both shared with the interviewer that there was a great deal of role ambiguity, unrest with the head coach, and a problem of players not “buying in” to team norms. The results reflect the findings of previous research conducted on team processes, motivations, orientations, and team roles. The results from this study might provide information to coaches who wish to further understand the workings of a team and how to deal with athletes or wish to use this method for management decisions.
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