Date

12-2010

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

P. Brian Greenwood

Abstract

Sports have always played an important role in children’s lives. American Youth Soccer Organization provides youth athletes the opportunity to participate in a soccer league that focuses on teaching good sportsmanship and player development. The purpose of this study was to assess fan behavior at middle school age female and male AYSO soccer games in San Luis Obispo. The subjects of this study were spectators (i.e. coaches and parents) of AYSO. The researcher and the research assistant attended six games during October 2010. At each game, notes were recorded on comments and behaviors, both positive and negative. After the data were recorded, it was found that a majority of spectators were positive, however there was an occasional negative remark or gesture. There were also instructional comments classified as neutral. Recommendations for future research include using a larger age range of subjects and attending additional games.