The Progressive Involvement of Youth in Niche Sport: The Perspective of Youth Participants and Their Parents

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  • Richard J. Buning University of Memphis
  • Cassie Coble Indiana University
  • Shannon Kerwin Brock University

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https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v1i1.4921

Abstract

The current study explores youth sport participation by examining the factors perceived to influence youth sampling and specialization in a niche sport. Further, the role of parental influence was examined as a contributing factor to youth sport progression. In-person semi-structured interviews were performed with 18 youth target archery participants and their parents (N = 28). Data analysis revealed target archery may provide a unique context that enhances previously agreed upon perceptions of sampling and specializing within youth sport development. The youth participants’ experiences with target archery were found to both confirm and challenge previous conceptions of the deliberate play and practice framework, while parental influence was largely based on opinion and prior experience. Based on these findings, theoretical contributions, suggestions for future research, and practical implications are discussed.

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Published

2015-06-16

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Buning, R. J., Coble, C., & Kerwin, S. (2015). The Progressive Involvement of Youth in Niche Sport: The Perspective of Youth Participants and Their Parents. Journal of Amateur Sport, 1(1), 52–80. https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v1i1.4921

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