Effects of a training program to enhance autonomy supportive behaviors among youth soccer coaches


  • Jody Langdon Georgia Southern University, United States
  • Robert Schlote Georgia Southern University, United States
  • Brandonn Harris Georgia Southern University, United States
  • Glenn Burdette Georgia Southern University, United States
  • Sara Rothberger Georgia Southern University, United States




Autonomy supportive coaching, Self-Determination theory, Youth sport


This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and implementation of a training emphasizing the use of autonomy supportive coaching behaviors among youth soccer coaches in game-play situations as well as evaluating its effects on motivational processes among athletes. Participants included youth sport soccer coaches and their intact teams. Coaches received a series of autonomy-supportive coaching training interventions based on successful programs in general and physical education (Reeve, Jang, Carrell, Jeon, & Barch, 2004; Cheon, Reeve, & Moon, 2012). Athletes completed questionnaires to assess perceived autonomy support, basic need satisfaction, and motivation (Harris & Watson, 2011). Observations indicated coaches were not able to significantly modify their behaviors, yet reflectively reported modest implementation of autonomy supportive behaviors. Coaches believed the training influenced their coaching style/philosophy in regards to the coach-athlete relationship and communication styles, emphasizing choice and rationales. Continued research is needed to enhance use of autonomy supportive behaviors with volunteer coaches in a youth sport environment.




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Langdon, J., Schlote, R., Harris, B., Burdette, G., & Rothberger, S. (2015). Effects of a training program to enhance autonomy supportive behaviors among youth soccer coaches. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 10(1), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2015.101.01



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