A Study of Youth Volleyball Players’ Participation Motivation and Relate Elements*

  • Howard Z. Zeng Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
  • Wen-Yan Meng Education Research Institution of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing
Keywords: Youth athlete, volleyball, motivation, related-behaviors

Abstract

The present study examined the essential factors that truly motivated youth athletes participated in Volleyball practices and competitions using the Adapted Questionnaire of Volleyball Athlete’s Motivation-Chinese Version. Participants were 92 youth volleyball athletes (age 14-17) from 15 schools of Nanjing City, China. Data analysis was done by a 2 Gender (boy or girl) x 2 Education-levels (high-school or middle-school) x 2 School-types (sport-school or regular-school) multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). Findings included: the top five higher scores from the 19 RFs were: RF1 “Technical-content and unique-value” M ± SD = 4.30 ± .83; RF17 “For extraordinary-skills” M ± SD = 4.24 ± 1.04; R3 “For health” M ± SD = 4.11 ± 1.02; RF12 “Improve own-literacy” M ± SD = 4.00 ±1.26; RF9 “become healthier” M ± SD = 3.58 ±1.13. These RFs possess significant higher impact on the participants’ motivations. The results of the MANOVA revealed that: two out of three independent variables reached meaningful significantly difference level (p < .00), wherein in ‘Gender’ aspect, Λ = .37, F = 5.92 with boys athletes’ motivation score significantly higher (p < .00) than the girls athletes; (2) in ‘School-types’ aspect, Λ = .24, F =11.17 with sport-school players’ motivation score significantly higher (p < .00) than the regular-school players.

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Published
2017-09-10
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