A Survey of the Student-Athlete Experience

 

 

Informed Consent Form

You are invited to participate in an evaluation of the Fivetowns CSD/MSAD 28 athletic program, conducted by the Maine Center for Sport and Coaching (MCSC) and the Center for Research and Evaluation at the University of Maine.  The purpose of the evaluation is to reveal current perceptions of the sporting experience in your district.

What will you be asked to do?

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a series of survey questions pertaining to the sporting experience of the most recent sports season. Questions are reflective of the Sports Done Right program. Sample questions may include:

·        On this team we set goals then strive to achieve them.

·        My parent(s)/guardian(s) give me coaching advice during competitions and practices.

Risks

Except for your time and inconvenience, there are no risks to you from participating in this evaluation.

Benefits                                                                                           

While this survey may not benefit you directly, the evaluation will provide insight into the perceptions of student-athletes, parents/guardians and coaches concerning the quality of athletic programming. These perceptions will assist schools in identifying areas for improvement.

Benefits of the evaluation include:

·        Improved communication between stakeholders

·        Improved coaching instruction

·        Increased awareness of the benefits of athletic participation

·        An increased awareness of the student-athlete athletic experience.

·        The data will also serve as an evaluative tool, providing schools and the MCSC with information relative to the Sports Done Right core principles and core practices.

Confidentiality

This study is anonymous and does not seek any identifiable information from you. There will be no records linking you to the data. The survey data will be collected online, using a password-protected database. Staff for the Center for Research and Evaluation at the University of Maine will be the only personnel able to access the data.  Maine Center for Sport and Coaching personnel will review the data reports provided by the Center for Research and Evaluation and provide each school a final copy of evaluation results in summary form. Data reports will be destroyed after 5 years.

Voluntary

Participation is voluntary. If you choose to take part in this project, you may stop at any time during the survey by closing your web browser. You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Karen Hawkes, director of the Maine Center for Sport and Coaching, at (207) 581-2443 or karen.hawkes@umit.maine.edu. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, please contact Gayle Anderson, Assistant to the University of Maine’s Protection of Human Subjects Review Board, at (207) 581-1498 or gayle.anderson@umit.maine.edu.

Completion of the survey implies consent to participate.

Thank you.

Gender:

Male

Female

 

Sport:

 

Level:

Varsity

Subvarsity

Middle School

 

Please respond to the following questions by selecting the response that best reflects your opinion.

 

On this team…

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

No Opinion

Agree

Strongly Agree

1. I am well-conditioned.

2. we set goals then strive to achieve them.

3. rules are enforced fairly.

4. my teammates treat me with respect

5. I learned or had skills reinforced that will help me succeed in life.

6. I have been taught how to handle success with grace and failure with dignity.

7. I get the playing time I deserve.

8. I have become more confident as an athlete.

9. I am able to balance my responsibilities (family, school, team, etc.).

10. practices are worthwhile (challenging and educational).

11. I respect the coach and his/her decisions.

12. I wonder if some of the competitive strategies we use are fair.

13. we learn about proper nutrition.

 

 

My parent(s) / guardian(s)...

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

No Opinion

Agree

Strongly Agree

14. encourage me to participate in a variety of sports throughout the year.

15. value academics first and foremost over athletics.

16. value my improvement and effort more than winning every time.

17. agree with the coach’s strategies and style.

18. expect that I will receive an athletic scholarship to a college.

19. give me coaching advice during competitions and practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My coach…

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

No Opinion

Agree

Strongly Agree

20. emphasizes good sportmanship.

21. treats all team members with respect.

22. favors the most talented athletes.

23. values improvement and effort more than winning every time.

24. is very knowledgeable about this sport.

25. encourages me to succeed academically.

26. defines ‘success’ by more than our win/loss record.

27. models good sportsmanship.

28. holds us accountable for poor sportsmanship.

29. takes injuries seriously.

30. encourages me to participate in a variety of sports throughout the year.

31. is a positive role model.

32. expects me to perform at an unrealistic level.

33. helps me learn from my mistakes without being overly critical.

34. understands the pressures on me (family, school, team, etc.)

 

 

 

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

No Opinion

Agree

Strongly Agree

35. Being on this team has made me a better person.

36. While on this team, I also played on a team not affiliated with our school.

37. I place academics first and foremost over athletics.

38. Team members do not use alcohol or other drugs.

39. I know the school’s code of conduct for student-athletes.

40. Spectators cheer us on without degrading our opponents.

41. Spectators treat officials with respect.

42. I understand what it means to be a Sports Done Right community.