A comparison of players' and coaches' attitudes toward little league baseball in the states of Oregon and Washington and Taiwan, Republic of China Public Deposited

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  • This study investigated the attitudes toward Little League Baseball of Little League Baseball players and coaches in the States of Oregon and Washington and in Taiwan, Republic of China. An instrument consisting of the semantic differential assessment questionnaire measuring attitudes toward Little League Baseball and a supplemental questionnaire for a secondary aspect were used for the study. Simon's instrument of CATPA (Children's Attitude Toward Physical Activity), which is based on Kenyon's conceptual model for characterizing physical activity with a semantic differential scale, was modified for use in assessing the attitudes of American and Chinese Little League Baseball players and coaches toward Little League Baseball. Additional questions were asked in order to obtain general information on such subjects as the goal of competition and the length of the baseball season. The questionnaires were distributed to ten randomly selected Little League Baseball teams from both the United States and Taiwan, Republic of China. The United States teams were located in the states of Oregon and Washington, west of the Cascade Mountains. The Chinese teams were located throughout the island. The sample consisted of 139 American players, 138 Chinese players, 19 American coaches, and 17 Chinese coaches. All subjects participated in the 1981 Little League Baseball season. Fourteen hypotheses were created. The "t" test was used to test these hypotheses, and the Chi-Square test was used to test supplemental information involving nominal data. The two-tailed test was employed, and all hypotheses were tested at the .05 level of significance. This study found that American Little League Baseball players and coaches have a more positive attitude than do Chinese players and coaches toward Little League Baseball as a social experience. Chinese Little League Baseball players and coaches have a more positive attitude than do American players and coaches toward little League Baseball's contribution toward health and fitness and toward Little League Baseball as a thrill involving some risk, as a form of beauty in human movement, as a release of tension, as long and hard training, and as the pursuit of victory.
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