PICKLEBALL SPORT SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES: THE PHILIPPINE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS CONTEXT
Pickleball sports which is considered as an innovative sport, described as a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton, and is considered a popular racquet sport played by individuals of all ages has a great acceptance level from the PE teachers and PE students in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines. However, it is unknown if these HEIs are able to sustain the sport within their institutions, thus, this study is conducted to determine the strategies in sustaining and propagating the sport. This research drew on the same set of respondents (N = 30 PEteachers, N = 280 PEstudents) from the determination of acceptance level. The profile variables of the two groups are determined, to measure the strategies to sustain the sports, weighted means are assessed using a 4-point Likert scale, analysis of variances was done to test differences using the weighted means as based scores, with profile variables as factors. The mean analyses showed that both PE teachers and students assessed strongly agree the strategies to sustain the sport in terms of curriculum inclusion, involvement opportunities, sports commitment, and leisure satisfaction. The test of variances showed that PE students’ strategies to sustainability in terms of curriculum inclusion are statistically significantly varies with their (gender, ages, and readiness), involvement opportunities varies with their (gender and readiness), sports commitment varies with their (age and readiness), and leisure satisfaction varies with their readiness. However, the PE teachers’ strategies to sustain was linked to sports commitment that statistically significantly varies with their ages. The following findings highlight that pickleball sport’s players and enthusiasts can propagate the sport within their institutions.
Pickleball Sport’s Sustainability, Curriculum Development, PATHFit 3, HEIs, BPEd Program.