The Relationship between Team Cohesion and Performance in Basketball League in Kenya
Muthiane, Charles M.
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The purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between cohesion (social and team) and performance in Basketball league in Kenya. It was hypothesized that gender and team size will not mediate the relationship between cohesion and performance. Data was collected through questionnaire from 130 participants who were playing in the Kenyan basketball league in 2007. One way ANOVA, Kruskal –Wallis and Pearson product moment were used to test the formulated hypothesis. Results revealed that 75% of the players did not have players they disliked in the team, 96% of the players celebrate wins as a team and 76% of the players loose as a team. Teams with high levels of team cohesion won more frequently as opposed the teams which lost more matches. There were no significant differences (p>0.05) on cohesion and performance in basket ball between males and females, and team size. However, it was concluded that team size affected cohesion and recommends that coaches need to consider ways of enhancing cohesion in their teams, and more aptly, reflect on the team composition. Additionally, future studies should focus on cohesion and demographic variables (age, marital status, social-economic status)