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Emma Boocock, Sergio Lara-Bercial, Lea Dohme, Andrew Abraham, Dave Piggott, and Kevin Till

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Dave Piggott, Emma Boocock, Kevin Till, Lea Dohme, Andrew Abraham, and Sergio Lara-Bercial

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Sergio Lara-Bercial, Lea Dohme, Emma Boocock, Andrew Abraham, Dave Piggott, and Kevin Till

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Lea Dohme, Emma Boocock, Andrew Abraham, Dave Piggott, Kevin Till, and Sergio Lara-Bercial

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Adam J. Nichol, Philip R. Hayes, Will Vickery, Emma Boocock, Paul Potrac, and Edward T. Hall

Social structure remains an equivocal term in (sport) sociology. Our understandings of its constitution and role in causally influencing behavior are arguably underdeveloped. Using a critical realist approach, this paper examined how structural entities and reflexive agency combined to influence behavior in an elite youth cricket context (e.g., athletes, coaches). A methodological bricolage was used to generate data and Elder-Vass’s theorizing provided the principal heuristic device. The analysis illustrated how coaches acted on behalf of norm circles in their attempts to shape dispositions of athletes. In turn, athletes engaged in a process of dialectical iteration between reflexive deliberation and (intersectional) dispositions, which influenced their social action in this organizational context. This study holds significance for researchers and practitioners concerned with social influence.