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Terilyn C. Shigeno, E. Earlynn Lauer, Leslee A. Fisher, Emily J. Johnson and Rebecca A. Zakrajsek

push came to shove, and the referee was out of position and should have been watching the line, the athlete just said, “Hey sir, the ball went into the goal.” (U13 boys soccer coach) Above is the type of anecdote not often highlighted by youth sport coaches. Because stories within the mainstream media

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Julie Legg, Ryan Snelgrove and Laura Wood

The purpose of this study was to examine the process of change at the level of youth sport by identifying the impetus for change, responses to change by stakeholders, and factors that constrained or aided the change process. Theoretically, this study builds upon an existing integrative change model. The context of this research is two youth soccer associations in Ontario, Canada, undergoing a long-term structural redesign mandated by the provincial soccer association. Stakeholders from local soccer clubs, as well as the Ontario Soccer Association (N = 20), identified key factors influencing the implementation and success of change. Pressures to change and individual efforts made by board members, coaches, and parents were noted as aiding the change process. Limited collaboration with stakeholders, poor communication, misunderstandings of the change, and constrained organizational capacity negatively affected the change process.

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Maureen R. Weiss and Alan L. Smith

The role of peers has been neglected in research on youth psychosocial development in sport. The purpose of the present study was to develop and validate a measure of youth sport friendship quality for the purpose of facilitating such research. Dimensions and higher order themes found in Weiss, Smith, and Theeboom’s (1996) qualitative study of sport friendships among children and adolescents, as well as a core set of items from previous research (Parker & Asher, 1993), were used to develop and refine items for a sport friendship quality scale. Over the course of three studies, content, factorial, and construct validity, as well as internal consistency and test-retest reliability, were demonstrated for the Sport Friendship Quality Scale (SFQS). Future research is recommended to examine the role of children’s sport friendship quality on psychosocial development in the physical domain.

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Karin A. Pfeiffer and Michael J. Wierenga

reason is that reports indicate that a large proportion of children and adolescents play sports. Tremblay et al. ( 2016 ) noted that, worldwide, approximately half of children participate in at least one organized youth sport, but estimates vary by country. Pate et al. determined that approximately 70

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Mark Eys, Todd Loughead, Steven R. Bray and Albert V. Carron

The purpose of the current study was to initiate the development of a psychometrically sound measure of cohesion for youth sport groups. A series of projects were undertaken in a four-phase research program. The initial phase was designed to garner an understanding of how youth sport group members perceived the concept of cohesion through focus groups (n = 56), open-ended questionnaires (n = 280), and a literature review. In Phase 2, information from the initial projects was used in the development of 142 potential items and content validity was assessed. In Phase 3, 227 participants completed a revised 87-item questionnaire. Principal components analyses further reduced the number of items to 17 and suggested a two-factor structure (i.e., task and social cohesion dimensions). Finally, support for the factorial validity of the resultant questionnaire was provided through confirmatory factor analyses with an independent sample (n = 352) in Phase 4. The final version of the questionnaire contains 16 items that assess task and social cohesion in addition to 2 negatively worded spurious items. Specific issues related to assessing youth perceptions of cohesion are discussed and future research directions are suggested.

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Camilla J. Knight

involved in youth sport, youth sport researchers have given considerable attention to developing an evidence base pertaining to sport parenting ( Holt & Knight, 2014 ). Researchers and practitioners are increasingly working with sport organizations, coaches, and parents themselves to promote high

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Daniel Gould

Sport is an incredibly popular activity for children and adolescents. Millions of youth are involved in sport ( National Council of Youth Sports, 2008 ). For example, 60 million young people in the United States age 6–18 years participate in some form of organized youth sport, with 44 million

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Dawn Anderson-Butcher

The potential for youth sport to promote positive youth outcomes is vast, as 50% of children and youth participate in organized sport around the world ( Hulteen et al., 2017 ). Indeed, research demonstrates the role of youth sport in promoting health and mental health outcomes, as well as in

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Stewart A. Vella

), and Denmark (>80% each year). Given high rates of youth sport dropout ( Balish, McLaren, Rainhaim, & Blanchard, 2014 ), participation rates considered over a number of years are likely to be much higher (e.g.,  Vella, Cliff, Magee, & Okely, 2014a ). Furthermore, young people spend on average between 5

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Alan L. Smith, Karl Erickson and Leapetswe Malete

Extensive participation of young people in organized sport makes youth sport a ubiquitous and important developmental context with significant implications for health and well-being ( Brustad, Babkes, & Smith, 2001 ; Brustad, Vilhjalmsson, & Fonseca, 2008 ; Holt, 2016 ). Aside from school, there