Winning modern hockey is more psychological than any other factors. The present study examines flow state and team cohesion of south Indian professional hockey teams. The concept of flow has gained
increasing attention by researchers of various disciplines, since its introduction by Csikszentmihalyi (1975). The term “the zone” is frequently used in the sport psychology literature, outlining a
state of high intensity, strong focus, superior performance (Young, 2000), and peak experience (Murphy & White, 1995), which is indicated by heightened awareness and intrinsic motivation (Frederick
-Recascino &Morris, 2004). There are many group dynamics that take place within a sporting team. One of the most important is cohesion. One always hears about how important it is for a team to "gel"
or "bond" or "have good chemistry." Cohesive teams can achieve dramatic and awesome things.
Subjects selected for this study were 57 professional hockey clubs(N=912) from the four South Indian states. All the subjects selected for the present study were male field hockey players. The
professional club teams were selected from the major league tournaments of the concerned state and from various open tournaments held in South India. Tools used in the present study were Dis
positional flow scale-2 (DFS-2) (Jackson and Eklund, 2004) and The Group environment Questionnaire (GEQ)(Albert V. Carron, Lawrence R. Brawley, W. Neil Widmeyer,2002). Descriptive statistics and
MANOVA were used to analyze the data of this study. Level of significance was set at 05 level. The data was analyzed by using SPSS Version 17.0(SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL.).
The result of the present study indicates that the total flow of South Indian professional clubs in DFS-2 was 3.67.The MANOVA results of dispositional flow state (DFS-2)showed statistically
significant difference (Wilks’ λ =.923, F =3.890 and p=.000) between the professional clubs. The flow sub scales showed significant difference between the South Indian States were the Total
concentration (F=3.202,P=.023),Transformation of time(F= 21.526, p=.000) and Autotelic experience(F= 10.165,p=.000). Descriptive statistics of team cohesion in GEQ among professional clubs showed
that a mean scores of 4.1678 in IAGT, 4.323 in IAGS,6.584 in GIT and 5.6908 in GIS. The MANOVA results of South Indian states showed statistically significant difference (Wilks λ =..980,F
=2.447 , p =.004) between South Indian states in team cohesion.
Major findings of the present study were;
1. Significant differences were found between the professional clubs of South Indian states in dispositional flow state (DFS-2)
2. Among the South Indian states, Professional clubs from Tamil Nadu had better score in DFS-2
3. The flow subscales showed significant difference between the South Indian States were Total concentration (F=3.202,P=.023),Transformation of time(F= 21.526, p=.000) and Autotelic experience(F=
4 Significant difference was found between the professional clubs of South Indian states in team cohesion