Offering a Pattern of Selecting Coaches for National Basketball Team Through a Grounded Theory-Based Method

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD. Student Sport Management, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor of Department Physical Education and Sport Science, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

3 Professor of Sport Management, Allameh Tabataba’I University, Tehran, Iran

4 Faculty of Islamic Azad University at Azad University North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran


Purpose: Coaching is not necessarily among the world’s most demanding jobs; however, this doesn't mean that anybody can be suitable to take the position without enjoying special skill, ability, knowledge, insight and merit. The aim of this research is to identify the factors influential in the selection of the national basketball team coaches.
Methods: This research is qualitative in nature and the method used for its conduction is based on a GT with a systematic approach. The participants (n=28) in this study represented basketball experts, who were selected on purposive sampling with whom to reach saturation of data. The instrument for collection of data was the semi-structured interview The open, axial, and selective coding were used to analyze the data. To ensure that this research is discriminating, the researchers used the indices of credibility, transferability, trustworthiness, and confirmability.
Results: This research showed 643 initial concepts, 142 secondary concepts, and 20 sub-categories, classified into the causative, contextual, intervening conditions, strategies and consequences.
Conclusion: Reflecting on results of this research, it can be inferred that optimal use of workforce resources in the basketball sports, especially using the coaches, won't be possible in our endeavors to meet the goals without observing the exigencies of their selection. Therefore, the officials in charge of selecting national basketball team coaches are suggested to consider the factors identified in this research and put them on their agenda as the criteria for their selection. On the other hand, executive bodies also should observe and set forth several factors to address the goal.