Volunteering to coach: an analysis of youth sport coaches
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The motivation to volunteer and the satisfaction associated with volunteering were investigated through the responses of volunteer youth coaches (n = 100). Two surveys and follow-up interview questions were created and adapted from previous research in the area of volunteerism to determine reasons why adults volunteer to coach and to explore the factors that contribute to the satisfaction levels of youth coaches. Statistical analyses of variance were conducted to determine the relationship between each of the motivation and satisfaction variables with the gender of the volunteer coaches, the gender of the team coached (male, female, or both), and the completion of a coaching education program. The highest ranked motives for volunteering according to the sample included: to give back to the community, enjoyment associating with youth, and to teach and lead others. Overall the respondents were highly satisfied with their role as a youth coach, the organization of games and practices, and the recognition received for volunteering. Through the interview process (n = 20) various themes emerged from the responses of the volunteer coaches. The reasons for volunteering, according to the interviewed coaches, were that most people volunteer because their child is involved in the program, no other adult would coach, to contribute to society, and their lack of trust in other coaches.
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