Date of Award

Spring 2019

Call Number

GV706.4 .M855 2019

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Elizabeth Goryunova PhD

Second Advisor

Blair Marelli

Third Advisor

Dan Jenkins PhD


Team building, team bonding, youth sports, relationships, motivation, coaching, collegiate athlete, Leadership and Organizational Studies


Creating positive team culture in youth sports cultivates players who feel a part of a strong, close-knit organization which escalates their level of play and their desire to play. In addition to this, teams that have positive team culture develop on-field cohesion and trust that allows for sport strategy to be executed in a way that promotes success for the team as a whole. The methods used in coaching to promote this are focused on developing leadership, positive reinforcement, and other non-punitive measures. Scholarly research on this topic is sparse therefore this qualitative study attempts to add to the existing knowledge by analyzing information obtained during in-depth interviews with student-athlete.