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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423


LAMONEDA PRIETO, J.; HUERTAS DELGADO, F.J.; CORDOBA CARO, L.G.  and  GARCIA PRECIADO, A.V.. Development of Sportsmanship Social Components in Juvenile Players. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp.113-124. ISSN 1989-5879.

Grassroots football demands ethical treatment that includes not only respect, but also courtesy, generosity and support. The objective of this study was to create an intervention program specifically tailored for young football players in order to improve the social aspects of the sportsmanship and analyse the changes that this might bring about. A hundred and twenty-six (n = 126) registered football players between the age of 10 and 12 participated in the research. A quasi-experimental  design with a six-week-intervention phase was used. We tested the social factors in sportsmanship sub-scale of the Multi dimensional Sportspersonship in Juvenile Football Orientation Scale in Juvenile Football (Lamoneda, Huertas, Córdoba y García, 2014). A six- week long program was designed and developed. In statistical analysis, Wilcoxon test and Fisher's exact test were implemented. Improvements in players who participated in the program in regard to courtesy towards the opponent, care and concern for the injured player and respect towards the referee, even when he misruled, were noted. Major improvement limitations were found in regard to the player's ability to encourage the referee to rectify his unfair ruling towards the opponent. Sportsmanship evolution of players in the control group showed to be decreasing. Encouraging sportsmanship promotion findings in Grassroots football players are noted. Data shows that including educational programs in sport schedules is beneficial for moral development and values education; without which, educating through sport would be difficult.

Keywords : Intervention program; Social components; Sportsmanship; Juvenile football.

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