Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reducing Violence at Interscholastic Sporting Events with a Spectator Covenant
by Johnson, Darren, Ed.D., Northcentral University, 2018, 121; 13420816
Abstract (Summary)

Many secondary administrators, coaches, and security personnel have advocated for an intervention method to curtail the swell of referrals, ejections, and violence from the spectator sections in attendance at these events. The spirit of Olympism and sportsmanship is considered a core element of these events. The problem was that many of the events have seen a rise in these incidents. There is a correlation of the infusion of these elements, and the atmosphere at these events. The purpose of this experimental study was to explore whether a spectator covenant of behavior, would help to bind the parties to adherence to upholding these standards in a Central Arizona high school, located in the East Valley of Phoenix. This could help the administrators, coaches, and school personnel as an ancillary benefit, to the obvious decrease of these referrals. The analysis of archival against real-time data were based on the increase or decrease of said incidents, before the covenant was in place and while the covenant was in effect. These records are kept every year, and in each event. The implications of this study are that use of this type of intervention may be successful in similar situations and events. Recommendations for practice are for covenants to become a standard practice at sporting events. Recommendations for future study include conducting subsequent studies in several different areas of the country with varying crowd sizes. A future case study could be designed using parents who volunteer to sign an agreement and stay true to the binding covenant.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pellegrini, Anthony
Commitee: Pellegrini, Anthony, Rice, Donna, Shriner, Michael
School: Northcentral University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sports Management, Education, Secondary education
Keywords: Covenant, Disruption, Interscholastic activity, Olympism, Referral, Sportsmanship
Publication Number: 13420816
ISBN: 978-0-438-74865-1
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