The Athletic Retention Rate of Student-Athletes Participating in NCAA Division III Varsity Athletics
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The purpose of this study was to analyze athletic completion rates of student-athletes who participated in NCAA Division III varsity athletics at a small, liberal arts college in the Midwest and then to identify the student-athletes who quit varsity athletics during their time at the school to determine their motives for quitting. This study looked into the reasons why some student-athletes decided to stop participating in athletics and opt out of using all four years of their athletic eligibility prior to graduating from college. After distributing a survey to former student-athlete alumni at a small, liberal arts college in the Midwest, the researcher found that most student-athletes decided to stop participating in athletics because of issues relating to the coaching staff or because they wanted to focus on their academics. The researcher also found that there is a significant difference in the athletic-retention rates based on the season of the sport (fall, winter, or spring), the type of the sport (team-based vs. individual-based), and the combination of the gender and type of the sport (men’s individual, women’s individual, etc.). There was no significant difference in the athletic retention rates based solely on the gender of the sports (men’s sports teams vs. women’s sports teams).
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