A Methodology for Studying Stacking in Football and Baseball: A Preliminary Note

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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This paper describes an instrument developed and used with an experimental methodology in a pilot study of stacking in football and baseball. The instrument was a positional profile purporting to represent an evaluation of young athletes on a number of position-relevant traits. Respondents were asked to assign each player to a position solely on the basis of this written evaluation. The race of the profiled player was systematically varied in order to measure the impact of race on positional assignment. Preliminary results showed that coaches achieve a high degree of consensus when making assignments on the basis of the written evaluations alone, and players who have been identified as white are significantly more likely to be assigned to the quarterback position than are players identified as black. No other evidence of racial differences in positional assignment was indicated.

Portions of this work were completed during an academic leave granted by the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati.

Direct all correspondence to Norris R. Johnson, Department of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221.
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