and : Differences in Role And Responsibility Assessment Among Hungarian Basketball Coaches in Light of Their Pedagogical And Professional Views

Organized sport in sport clubs plays an important role in the lives of children and young people. However, participating in sport is not a naturally positive experience for young athletes, and coaches play a key role in ensuring that participation is beneficial for their development. The aim of this paper is to shed light on the pedagogic and professional views of Hungarian basketball coaches about their roles and responsibilities based on their teams’ age groups (U10, U11-12, U14, U16-18, U20-senior). 152 basketball coaches (N=152) working in Hungary took part in the research by completing a questionnaire containing 87 closed-ended questions. Coaches’ average age was 40 years (SD=11,5), and they had an average of 13 years (SD=10,4) of coaching experience. Results show that coaches’ views about their roles and responsibilities are quite similar. Significant differences were found in only four pedagogical questions (definiteness, permissiveness, different treatment and need of parental support) and three professional questions (professional knowledge, coaching without a practice plan and financial background), mainly between the U20-senior and the youngest age groups. Participating in sport has different meanings for children at different age levels, they have different goals, needs and wants, yet this was not reflected in the views of the coaches. It is important to make coaches working with children and young people aware of the specificities of the work in different age groups to ensure that sports provide the most positive experience possible for all participants.

Keywords: basketball coach, role, responsibility, age groups

Year: 2019
Issue: 3-4
Page: 93-106
Dec 2019
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