College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 20:10:57


Sport Studies

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Sports Training

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021



The purpose of this paper was to complete a systematic literature review (SLR) of previous articles about leadership in youth sports. While sport leadership as a subject matter has contributed to the body of sport management and its academically associated literature for decades, seemingly, there exists a lack of understanding of this subject matter in the context of youth sport. Two rounds of screening process resulted in a sample of 20 appropriate articles for SLR. Then, the purposes, methods, and results, and of the 20 articles were analyzed. Based on the SLR of 20 articles, two salient themes were noteworthy for discussion. First, there seems to be a lack of leadership training and education available for coaches and managers at the youth level. Secondly, leadership training for coaches and managers through structured programs and its effective and efficient implementation are most important in developing leadership and positive experience for youth sport. This study suggests that as the focus becomes more on creating constructive developmental experiences for the youth involved. Also promoting positive youth development through leadership programs for coaches and managers are crucially important. Further discussion is provided as well.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Seungbum Lee

First Reader

Dr. Matthew Juravich

Second Reader

Dr. Michael Duve

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Judith Juvancic-Heltzel



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