This study aims to examine the effect of life skills on achievement motivation in 15-18 age group handball players using the structural equation model. The sample of the study consists of 243 handball players (78 women, 165 men, age average = 16.08 years, SD = 01.08) who participated in the youth handball semi-finals organized by the Presidency of the School Sports Federation in the provinces of Antalya and Erzincan in the 2021-2022 academic year. The Effect of Sports on Life Skills Scale adapted to Turkish by Açak and Düz (2018) and the Scale for Achievement Motivation in Sports adapted to Turkish by Tiryaki and Gödelek (1997) was used to collect the study data. The hypothesis model tested using path analysis showed a perfect fit for the data. The results of the study show that the relationships between time management, teamwork, social and emotional skills, and goal setting are related to the direct and indirect effects of the motivations to power, approach success and avoid failure. It has been detected that time management (B=0.340, p=0.000), teamwork (B=0.202, p=0.006), social (B=0.196, p=0.010) and emotional skills (B=0.159, p=0.031) are positively correlated with the motivation to show power, negatively correlated with the motives of goal setting, showing power (B=-0.163, p=0.022) and avoiding failure (B=-0.280, p=0.00), and positively correlated with the motive of becoming successful (B=0.34, p=0.000). This situation shows that the athletes should be aware of the role of the life skills that the handball branch brings to them, potentially influencing their motivation to compete. In general, material and moral measures can be taken to ensure the development of life skills of handball players at the secondary education level in the triangle of family, school and club, and their performances can be carried to higher levels by increasing their motivation for the competition.
Sports, skill, success, motivation.