Exploring the relationship between the relative age effect and youth development among male house league ice hockey players


  • Laura Chittle University of Windsor
  • Sean Horton University of Windsor
  • Patti Weir University of Windsor
  • Jess Charles Dixon University of Windsor




Relative age effect, Youth Experience Survey for Sport, ice hockey


The current study examined if relative age influences the youth developmental experiences of male house league ice hockey players. Participants completed an on-line survey that solicited their date of birth and responses to the Youth Experience Survey for Sport (YES-S). Our analysis revealed no relative age effect among the house league hockey players. The MANOVA results revealed no significant multivariate differences between quartile of birth and the five YES-S dimensions (p = .493). It is reassuring that the experiences of the house league ice hockey players in our sample do not differ in their developmental experiences as a consequence of when they were born throughout the selection year.


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Chittle, L., Horton, S., Weir, P., & Dixon, J. C. (2017). Exploring the relationship between the relative age effect and youth development among male house league ice hockey players. Journal of Amateur Sport, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.17161/jas.v0i0.5884