Female College Basketball Player's Perception Regarding Gender of their Coach
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Female athletics have been on the rise since the passing of Title IX in 1972 (Kalin and Waldron, 2015). Since the increase of female athletics there has been more job opportunities for men and women in coaching female athletes. In this study, there were twenty participants. All the participants were female athletes on a Division III college basketball team and participated in a survey regarding female athlete’s perceptions of different gender coaches. The purpose of this study was to assess the preference and experiences that female basketball players at the Division III level have at each grade level from freshman through senior year in college with either a male or female coach. Surveying the female basketball players at the Division III level will help assess their attitudes, motivation, satisfaction level, experiences, and preferences with the gender of a coach as well as determine if there is a difference in the athlete-coach relationship. An anonymous survey was used to determine if there is a significant preference for male or female coaches as well as if gender matters with their attitudes in the sport based on academic status- freshman to senior. The responses to this survey were analyzed by a t-test and a Chi- Square. The results found, that the only difference the tests showed was in the difference in female athlete’s relationship with female coaches compared to male coaches. The other tests done presented no significant difference in the female athlete’s attitudes, satisfaction level, performance, and motivation between male and female coaches. Also, there was no difference in gender importance, attitudes, and gender preference among the freshman and upperclassmen female athletes. This research suggests that gender does not matter to female athletes when it comes to their coaches.
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