Team Cohesion amongst Players of the High Level in the Collective Games in Palestine
Prof. Abdelnaser A. Qadumi & Dr. Moaiyed A. Shanaha
Dirasat. Educational Sciences, The University of Jordan, 2018, 45(1) 1-17.
The purpose of this study was to determine the level of team cohesion amongst players of the high level in the collective games in Palestine, in addition to determine the differences in the level of team cohesion according to game, playing experience and interaction variables. To achieve that, the study was conducted on a sample which was consisted of (225) players for soccer, volleyball, basketball, and handball. A (34) items Questioner (Group Environmental Questioner) (GEQ) (Carron, et al, 1985) was used to measure the team cohesion.
The results of the study revealed that the level of team cohesion amongst players of high level of the collective games in Palestine was high, where the percentage of response for the total score was (78.21%), and the rank order of domains were as follow: Group Integration-Social (82.08%), Group Integration-Task (79.52%), Individual Attractions to the Group-Social (76.65%), Individual Attractions to the Group-Task (74.57%).
Also, the results indicated a significant difference in team cohesion amongst players of the high level in the collective games in Palestine due the game variable in favor of volleyball players, while there were no significant difference in team cohesion due to playing experience, and the interaction between game and playing experience variables.
Based on the findings of the study the researches recommend the coaches to give more attention for team cohesion in the preparation and training of sports teams.
Key words: Team Cohesion, Collective Games, Palestine.