ERIC Number: EJ1020875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
An Examination of the Relative Age Effect in Developmental Girls' Hockey in Ontario
Smith, Kristy L.; Weir, Patricia L.
High Ability Studies, v24 n2 p171-184 2013
The relative age effect (RAE) suggests that athletes may be provided with greater opportunities for success depending on the position of their birthdate in a sport's selection year. While the effect has been well established in men's sports, less is known about women's sports. This study examined the RAE in developmental girls' hockey in Ontario. Relative age, player position, age division, and level of play were provided by the Ontario Women's Hockey Association for 36,555 registrants. Older players were over-represented, and younger players under-represented across all age divisions and levels of play. This suggests that the RAE is present in developmental girls' hockey, the magnitude of which varies with level of play and player position.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Age Differences, Athletes, Females, Womens Athletics, Team Sports, Disproportionate Representation, Skill Development, Statistical Analysis, Effect Size, Developmental Programs
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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