PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUNG TENNIS PLAYERS; CORRELATION WITH FEEDBACK AND COACHING LEADERSHIP STYLE
Success in sports is defined not only by motor skills and level of training practice, but also by a large number of mental characteristics. The purpose of this paper is to determine the level of psychological skills of young tennis players and their relations with coaching feedback and leaders’ behaviour. The research included 36 participants (16 sportsmen and 20 sportswomen). Measuring instruments used in the research were: The Psychological Skills Inventory for Sports, Coaching Feedback Questionnaire and Leadership Scale for Sport. There were significant differences in psychological characteristics of athletes depending on their age, gender and town where they practice. Furthermore, there was a significant correlation between certain psychological characteristics of athletes and the feedback by coaches and coaching leadership style.