Ping Pong


From IMDb:

“The film traces the growth and friendship of 2 very different high school ping pong players. “Peco” Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn “pro”. He taught his quiet, nerdy childhood friend, “Smile” Tsukimoto. “Smile” frustrates his coach and rivals who recognize his talent for the game since it is just a game to him. To teach him, his high school coach learns that coaching is more than just training the students to be good ping pong players. Ironically, as “Smile” begins to develop his game, “Peco” undergoes a severe crisis after his defeat by rival players. “Peco” is unable to play well until he rediscovers the original reasons why he plays ping pong. Written by nakataohana”

Sport Psychology Topics:

  1. Flow Model
  2. Achievement Goal Theory
  3. Cultural Sport Psychology

Text Reading:

Motivation:  51-55

Personality:  29-33

Achievement: 65-67

Competitiveness: 105-109

Children: 516-520

Lecture Slides:

  1. FLow Slides ESS220 2010
  2. AGT Slides:  AGT Lecture Slides

Other Reading:

  1. Harwood, C., & Biddle, S. (2002). The application of achievement goal theory in youth sport. In I.M. Cockerill (Ed.) Solutions in sport psychology (pp. 58-64). International Thomson Business.  (AGT “Background” reading about tennis player :  AGT Tennis Player Case Study).
  2. Jackson, S.A., Ford, S.K., Kimiecik, J.C., & Marsh, H.W. (1998). Psychological correlates of flow in sport. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4, 358-378.  (Flow “backround” reading – introduction and discussion sections:  Jackson et al. (1998).)
  3. Kozuma, Y. (2009). Samurai & science:  Sport psychology in Japan. In R.J. Schinke, & S.J. Hanrahan (Eds.). Cultural Sport Psychology (pp. 205-217). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. From Samurai to Science: Sport Psychology in Japan

Paper #6 Description:

Due Date:  Tuesday, September 27th  @ 11:59 a.m.

Overview: There are three themes for this film:  Flow, AGT, and Cultural aspects of sport psychology.   5-6 double-spaced pages, using APA style (no headers required).  Include your notational analysis (viewing guide chart and paper outline in the Appendix). Submit your paper as a Word document via email named “yourlastname.pingpong.doc”.  Papers longer than 6 pages, named incorrectly or not following APA style will be returned ungraded.

Purdue Owl Guide to APA Style (The one we went over in class)





Key Points:

1.  Flow: Analyze the flow (either examples of flow or lack of flow) for at least two characters documenting the existence (or not) of each of the characteristics of flow.  Also comment (with evidence from scenes) on the factors that a) facilitate flow; b) prevent flow; c) disrupt flow (examples on lecture slides).

2. Cultural Aspects: Using the viewing guide to help organize this part, find examples from the film that support (or contradict) the reading’s author’s description of sport psychology practice in Japan (one scene for each of the author’s main points).  To enhance your argument, you may want to discuss how the “North American (i.e., “Eurocentric”) approach might differ.

3. AGT: For at least two of the athletes and one of the coaches find evidence (scenes) to support their motivational orientation (i.e., task/ego).  Also analyze and support your assessment of their motivational context (either task or ego) with reference to the contribution made my a) the coach, and b) peers.

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