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ERIC Number: ED571201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 94
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3397-2185-9
Elementary School Students and Sports Participation: An Analysis of the Factors That Contribute to Students Continuing Participation in Sports
Balboni, Daniel C.
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, University of Hartford
Researchers have conducted both theoretical and empirical research on the participation of youth in sports to understand the motivation to continue involvement. Researchers have further examined the positive effects of sports on youth who participate. Although information has been gathered in these areas regarding keeping middle school and high school aged children in sports, little research has targeted children prior to middle school. Researchers have found that the motivators that drive an individual to continue to play or discontinue participation in a sport change as the individual ages and progresses in the sport. The research suggests that the greatest attrition from youth sports occurs between elementary and middle school. The current study sought to further understand the reasons elementary school-aged children decide to maintain participation in sports, discontinue participation, or avoid sports altogether. Participants for the current study included third, fourth, and fifth graders who attend a private school in New Jersey. These students, after receiving passive permission from the school and their parents/guardians, were asked to complete questionnaires designed for those who have and those who have not participated in team sports. The findings indicated, supporting previous research, that those students who plan to continue playing sports responded with higher scores regarding enjoyment, coach experience, and skill development. Further findings indicated that fairness as well as the perception of judges, umpires and referees could be an important focus of future research. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey