Robert Paic, Institute of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Pécs, Hungary, Education and Society Doctoral School of Education, University of Pécs, Hungary, Attila Kajos, Business Administration Doctoral School, University of Pécs, Hungary, Institute of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Pécs, Hungary
Milka Ðukiã, University Alpha, Belgrade, Serbia, Darinka Korovljev, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Gyöngyvér Prisztóka, Institute of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Pécs, Hungary
Milorad Ðukic, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
The results of the Hungarian and the Serbian male handball national teams are similar on
the international level; in the same time, the Hungarian club teams have more success in club
competitions. However, general supposition is that the Serbian handball players are more
successful and more acknowledged across the top European handball leagues. This is confirmed
by numerous Serbian internationals that play at high level in Hungary and other European
countries. We suppose that results of the youth national teams have considerable influence in
later success rate. In this article we were searching for the influential factors behind the success
of one Serbian youth team. Since there were no considerable differences in physical performance
and anthropometric parameters (the Hungarian players were even taller), we assumed the main
differences were in their relation and attitudes to coach and to training. In our study we support
this explanation with an analysis of the attitudes to the head coach, work and physical training.
Our samples were selected from one Serbian (Crvenka) and one Hungarian (Komló) youth team.
For attitudes assessment a standardized PASSES scale was used (Hagger et al., 2007). The
results show that the Serbian youth players have better relations with their head coach and have
better stance for work and training, which might be an explanation for their better success.
Keywords: attitudes, success factors, coach, training, handball
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