Team achievement goals and sports team performance

Heleen van Mierlo, Edwin A. J. van Hooft

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This study focuses on team achievement goals and performance outcomes in interdependent sports teams. Team achievement goals reflect shared motivational states that exist exclusively at the team level. In a survey among 310 members of 29 premier-league field-hockey teams, team-level performance-approach, performance-avoidance, mastery-approach, and mastery-avoidance achievement goals explained 69% of the overall variance in team performance and 16% after controlling for previous performance. Teams performed better to the extent they were more approach- and less avoidance oriented in terms of both mastery and performance, although mastery-approach goals related to early-season team performance rather than predicting later changes in team performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-615
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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