The relationship between confidence and performance throughout a competitive season
Association for Applied Sport Psychology Proceedings
Association for Applied Sport Psychology
The importance of understanding how confidence varies across time has been encouraged by sport confidence researchers (Vealey & Chase, 2008). The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between confidence and performance throughout an entire competitive season. Two levels of confidence consistent to team sports were analyzed. Team and coach confidence were collected through the Collective Efficacy Questionnaire for Sport (CEQS) and Coaching Efficacy Scale (CES) respectively. Two teams, women’s soccer and volleyball (n=48) from a college in the western United States, completed their specific questionnaires five times throughout the season. The CEQS measured collective efficacy (team confidence) and the CES measured coaching efficacy (coach confidence) for each team. Simple linear regressions were used to determine the relationship team confidence and coaching confidence had on the success of each team. Pearson’s correlation coefficients were taken to determine if team and coach confidence were connected throughout the season. Volleyball was statistically significant for both team and coach confidence at p = 0.033 and p = 0.040 respectively, with a .68 correlation coefficient. Conversely, the soccer team was not statistically significant for both team and coach confidence at p = 0.53 and p = 0.93 for each. There was, however, a strong correlation coefficient at .89 for the two levels. The findings suggest that team and coach confidence may be related and associated with the success of the team. The results also hint, through the correlation coefficients, that team and coach confidence may be connected.
Skinner, B. & Gordin, R.D. (2013). The relationship between confidence and performance throughout a competitive season. [Abstract]. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Proceedings, Indianapolis,IN: AASP, 96.