A Spike in Female Participation: A Study on the Viability of Sand Volleyball Sponsorship at the NCAA Division I Level Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Howell, Scott R.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • In January 2010, the NCAA passed legislation designating sand volleyball as the newest emerging sport for women. Institutions may begin to add sand volleyball for a variety of reasons such as interest expressed by female students or the sport can be an avenue to comply with Title IX requirements. In order for sand volleyball to attain championship status, forty institutions must sponsor the sport within a ten year window. This research explores the current prevalence and interest in sand volleyball at the NCAA Division I level. Understanding the current level of interest in sand volleyball will help assess the practicality of sand volleyball to become a NCAA championship sport. This study also examines how factors such as budgetary concerns, Title IX compliance issues, perception of promiscuity, availability of competition concerns, and interest expressed by current females influence Senior Woman Administrators' and head indoor volleyball coaches' decision on whether or not they would support the sponsorship of sand volleyball at their institution. This study not only compares the responses between Senior Woman Administrators and head indoor volleyball coaches, but further analyzes the each group of respondent's answers of variables such as gender, age, experience in athletics, winning percentage, geography and institutional characteristics.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Art in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Administration).
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  • Osborne, Barbara
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