Does specialization matter? An investigation of female DI and DIII soccer players and the pathways that led them to the collegiate level

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CONFERENCE: Creative Activity and Research Day - CARD

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Gavett, Anne; Miller, Jase; Coogan, Cuyla; Burnett, Kelly
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This paper investigates whether current female collegiate soccer players decided to diversify or specialize in high school, while noting the key influential factors that impacted their decision making process. During the 2012-2013 season, a survey was completed by 114 female collegiate (DI and DIII) soccer players. The findings indicated that there is no difference between female athletes who specialized or diversified in high school in regards to playing at the collegiate level. The results from this study attempt to further clarify previous research that examines if specialization or diversification in high school is necessary to reach the collegiate level.