COACHES’ TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AMONG UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES VARSITY TEAMS IN RELATION TO NON-ROSTER STUDENT-ATHLETES’ MOTIVATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR TEAM
This study examined the roles played by University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) varsity athletics coaches who practice transformational leadership skills in motivating the non-roster student-athletes of the different sports teams. For the purpose of this study, student-athletes who were not part of the University’s official line-up for the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 (AY 2013-2014) were categorized as "non-roster student-athletes."
This study highlighted how the non-roster student-athletes communicated with their coaches during the off-season and the UAAP season, including the period during official game days, training days and other team-related events. The researchers used the qualitative approach in this study and conducted focus interviews with non-roster student-athletes from different athletic varsity teams. The interviewees came from a pool of non-roster student-athletes who were referred to the researchers by other athletes.
In analyzing the answers of the respondents, the study used the Transformational Leadership Theory which focused on four factors that affected the amount of motivation that the non-roster student-athletes got from their coaches. The four factors were:1) idealized influence, 2)inspirational motivation, 3)intellectual stimulation, and 4) individual consideration.Results showed that the coaches of UP Diliman varsity teams were not able to provide the non-roster student-athletes with enough motivation to improve and perform beyond their individual obligations to their respective teams. In addition, the non-roster student-athletes likewise felt separated from the athletes in the official line-up during training and game days,more especially during the UAAP season.On the other hand, despite their shortcomings identified in this study, the UP Diliman varsity program coaches, still continued to push their team's non-roster student-athletes to perform beyond their designated obligations to their teams.