The team paradox: exploring why athletes really get selected
Cardiff Metropolitan University
MetadataShow full item record
Within the inherent complexities of sports coaching (Jones and Wallace, 2005), a burgeoning belief exists surrounding sociological thought and its ability to challenge and [re]shape the confinements in which related knowledge exists. Such enquiry has established a platform for coaches to set about explaining how they come to terms with their social competencies (Lemert, 1997). Here, the strengthening of such knowledge allows coaches to develop relationships within the context they operate (Jones, Potrac, Cushion and Ronglan, 2011). Notwithstanding recent research, a dearth of literature still exists examining how the developments of such relationships hinge on team selection; a vital ingredient in comprehending why athletes demonstrate compliance and ‘buy-in’ to established beliefs and values within a sporting environment. The aim of this thesis therefore, is to explore the complexities associated with team selection and why athletes really get selected. In adopting an interpretive methodology, specifically utilising semi-structured interviews, data was collected to elucidate the power and culture implications attributed with team selection. Findings highlighted experiences encountered by the coaches and athletes of Ystrad-Nedd United Football Club (pseudonym). The presentation of results adopted line-by-line coding as a means to identify nuances within the collected data (Charmaz, 2008). From this, a ‘light’ theoretical analysis of the work of Bourdieu (1977; 1983; 1986; 1990), Foucault (1977; 1982), Goffman (1967; 1969) and Schein (1992) highlighted the importance of rule adherence and athlete ‘buy-in’, in relation to ‘maintaining social order’ (Schein, 2010), and the influence athlete compliance has on a coach’s team selection. Moreover, the findings contribute to recent work on athlete compliance (Rylander, 2015) whilst illuminating taken-for-granted assumptions associated with team selection, evident within everyday coach-athlete interaction.
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Examining a coach education programme to identify what complex situations coaches have been unprepared for Park, Adam (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2016-03-10)Coach education is currently a highly contentious topic in sports science research (Chesterfield, Potrac, & Jones, 2010). The current rationalistic approach of coach education does not adequately prepare coaches for the ...
Understanding the impact of the coach-athlete relationship, identity and complexity within female team sports. Davies, Ellis (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2015)The overall purpose of this study was to have a more in depth understanding of the impact that the coach-athlete relationship, identity and complexity issues have within female team sports. Coaching is seen to be a ...
Emery, Thomas (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2013)Despite there being many generalist statements proposed with regards to empowerment and the benefits surrounding a more athlete-centred approach to coaching, there is yet to be an in-depth examination in terms of its ...