This study takes a look at the perception of coaching styles and how those styles might affect athletes. Prior research has shown that there may be many desirable and potentially undesirable coaching traits and that it might be difficult to actually objectively label coaching styles. Therefore, for the purpose of this study, two distinct approaches were formulated. Data concerning the perception and effects of different styles was then gathered mainly through observations and interviews during my week's stay with two boys' high school basketball programs. Following that is an analysis that compares findings related to the research questions with previous research. It was concluded that an individual's personality has a great deal to do with forming a coaching style. Also, player attitudes and performances are best affected by an encouraging style.
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