Universal Journal of Psychology(CEASE PUBLICATION) Vol. 5(3), pp. 140 - 148
DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2017.050306
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Effects of Distance between Home Plate and the Backstop on Self-confidence of Intercollegiate Baseball Players


Darrin Sorrells *, Kyle Kempf
University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, USA

ABSTRACT

The purpose of the study was to determine whether the distance between home plate and the backstop may impact the levels of self-confidence of intercollegiate baseball pitchers when throwing their pitches. The null hypothesis (H0) is that there is no difference in baseball pitchers' levels of self-confidence when the distance between home plate to the backstop is greater than 25 feet. The research hypothesis (H1) is that there is a statistically significant difference in baseball pitchers' levels of self-confidence when the distance between home plate to the backstop is greater than 25 feet. The participants in the study were eleven (N=11) baseball pitchers who were members of the same intercollegiate baseball team in the United States. The research team concludes that there was a slight decrease in self-confidence overall when the backstop was more than 25 feet away from home plate, but the decline in the level of self-confidence for the participants seemed to be minor. The decline in self-confidence with a distance of greater than 25 feet was statistically significant for the best pitch but not statistically significant for the second best pitch.

KEYWORDS
Self-confidence of College Baseball Pitchers

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Darrin Sorrells , Kyle Kempf , "Effects of Distance between Home Plate and the Backstop on Self-confidence of Intercollegiate Baseball Players," Universal Journal of Psychology(CEASE PUBLICATION), Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 140 - 148, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2017.050306.

(b). APA Format:
Darrin Sorrells , Kyle Kempf (2017). Effects of Distance between Home Plate and the Backstop on Self-confidence of Intercollegiate Baseball Players. Universal Journal of Psychology(CEASE PUBLICATION), 5(3), 140 - 148. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2017.050306.