The German Society of Sport Psychology (German: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sportpsychologie, abbr. asp e.V.) was founded in 1969 in Muenster (Germany) and is devoted to the promotion of research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology in Germany. The society consists of (460, August 2018) individual members, most of them are sport psychologists, sport scientists or psychologists. The managing council, elected for 2 years, consists of the President (currently Bernd Strauss, PhD, a Vice-President-managing director for financial issues (Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, PhD) and up to five Vice-Presidents representing the departments „health and exercise“ (Gordon Sudeck, PhD), „research and international affairs“ (Nadja Schott, PhD), „top-level sports and practice“ (Babett Lobinger, PhD & Oliver Stoll, PhD. and „student research training and affairs“ (Harald Seelig, PhD). The asp maintains close relations to many national and international societies and organisations, The society is member of ISSP and FEPSAC, and collaborates e.g., with the German Federal Institute for Sport Science, BISp, the German Society of Sport Science, dvs, German Society for Psychology, DGPs, the German Olympic Sport Federation, DOSB, the Swiss Association for Sport Psychology, SASP, the Austrian Association for Sport Psychology, ÖBS).
The purpose is to encourage and promote the study of human behaviour within sport and exercise as well as to improve the quality of research and professional practice in sport and exercise psychology. This mission is realized by an annual national conference (in 2019 in Halle/Saale, Germany the 51th conference will take place) , training programs in the field of top-level sports (and a related certification in collaboration with the Federal Institut for Sport Science, BISp) and health or methodological training. Every two years the society awards the best written PhD thesis (the „Karl Feige-award“ honouring the first president of the asp). The official journal of the society is the German Journal of Sport Psychology (Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie; publisher: Hogrefe), founded in 1987. Most relevant information is provided by a newsletter and via the homepage: www.asp-sportpsychologie.org.