The coach–athlete relationship in Australian touch football
Sporting success is strongly related to the psychological aspects of sport, not merely physical training and natural ability (Iso-Ahola, 1995) and there are many different psychological aspects of sport that influence athletes’ experiences. One of the most influential factors is the coach-athlete relationship. This relationship is decisive in competitive sport as it impacts on athlete satisfaction, self-esteem, and performance (Jowett and Cockerill, 2003; Jowett and Meek, 2000; Philippe and Seiler, 2006). For some athletes, the coach-athlete relationship shapes their entire sport experience and has a profound impact on the quality of both practice and athletic performance during competitions (Poczwardowski et al., 2002).