North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

Valeria Eckardt*, Sebastian Schwab

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Parents and coaches equally contribute to children’s development and success in youth sport. Recent studies have identified discrepancies between parents’ and coaches’ attributed importance of youth sport characteristics including parent-coach communication. Further, a misalignment between parents’ and coaches’ behaviors, goals, and expectations is often caused by a lack of communication. The aim of this study was to assess parent-coach communication in youth soccer and identify the level of alignment between both stakeholders. A quantitative online survey was administered to parents and coaches of youth soccer academies as well as recreational soccer clubs in Germany. 1,024 parents (Mage = 45.2 ± 7.0 years, 48% female) and 338 coaches (Mage = 40.0 ± 12.5 years, 12% female) completed a questionnaire on their perceived frequency and form of communication (sport-adapted; Sodogé et al., 2012) as well as the Perceived Organizational Support scale (sport-adapted; Siebenaler & Fischer, 2020). Several discrepancies in perceived frequency of commu- nication between parents and coaches were identified using Mann-Whitney U tests. As such, parents reported regular conversations after practice/ competitions, U = 44964.0, p < .001, r = -.417, as well as phone calls, U = 44901.5, p < .001, r = -.433, to be happening significantly less frequently compared to coaches. Further, findings indicated organizational barriers to parent-coach communication. The level of implemented parent management practices within a club was significantly negatively associated with coaches’ perceptions of a challenging parent-coach relationship, r(285) = −.45, p < .001, and significantly positively associated with coaches’ subjective confidence in engaging with parents, r(285) = .15, p = .011, and perceived organizational support r(196)=.16, p=.025. Results were similar in both youth soccer academies and recreational soccer which highlights the comprehensive need for evidence-based education for coaches and clubs to increase alignment in communication, and thus to support the parent-coach relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorth American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Annual Conference, June 1-3, 2023
Number of pages2
Volume45
PublisherNorth American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
Publication date01.05.2023
EditionSupplement
PagesS74-S75
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2023
EventAnnual conference - , Germany
Duration: 01.06.202303.06.2023
Conference number: 84

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