Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Tourism and Convention Administration

First Committee Member

James A. Busser

Number of Pages



Few empirical studies have investigated the overall contribution of teamwork characteristics to collegiate sport team success. Additionally, there is little evidence determining the collective effects of teamwork characteristics among NCAA divisions of competition. The purpose of this research was to explore the relationships between six teamwork characteristics and successful teamwork within collegiate basketball and football. Subjects, comprised of 124 NCAA head football coaches and 95 head basketball coaches, returned self-reported questionnaires for the study. MANOVA, t-tests and Tukey's Honestly Significant Difference tests were conducted on the subscales and determined that teamwork scores differ between the two sports. The results suggested that goal clarity and expert leadership were the primary contributors to overall teamwork scores within both sports and all levels of competition (p {dollar}<{dollar}.05). Individual sport- and division-specific analyses also determined that the teamwork characteristics emerge in different quantities between the sports and among the divisions studied.


Analysis; Basketball; Characteristics; Collegiate; Contributory; Effects; Football; Teamwork

Controlled Subject

Recreation; Physical education and training

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1894.4 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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