Date of Publication

Spring 4-27-2016

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Dr. Dane-Staples


Sport specialization and sampling are two ways youth athletes can play sports. Athletes playing in college, at the Division III level, sample sports throughout their childhood instead of specializing in one sport. There is not a lot of specific research done for each Division in the NCAA. This study is a cross-sectional survey of students and athletes at SJFC, which is a small Division III school in Western New York. Using surveys, data was found that supports the research question that Division III athletes and students sampled sports throughout their childhoods rather than specializing. This question can help parents determine what kind of athlete they want their children to be in order for them to play at a higher competition level.