Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport

Document Type



The main purpose of this study was to validate the survey insturement created to evaluate various aspects of scholastic basketball programs—including but not limited to administration, facilities, and support. All boys and girls head basketball coaches in South Dakota were administered an electronic survey created for the study. To incentivize participation, respondents could choose to be entered to win a monetary donation of $250 to their basketball program. Descriptive statstics were used to summarize respondent demographics and other statistical measures were used to indicate reliability and validity of the survey instrument. Cronbach’s alpha was calculated at .711 and Pearson’s correlation coefficient was calualted at an average value of r = 0.63. Therefore, the survey indicated moderate to strong reliability and validity. Content analysis technqiues were used to evaluate qualitative responses to open-ended questions of the survey, and the following categories of challenges were identified: student-athletes, parents, coaching, financial, facility, and institutional. Findings from this study could be used to compare and improve scholastic basketball programs, as well as provide benchmark data for further studies expanding upon scholastic sport.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Don Hoover


Exercise Science | Other Kinesiology