Parent Learning Modules

Parent involvement is a vital aspect of NCAA student-athlete’s participation in intercollegiate athletics. The majority of key NCAA stakeholders speak to the importance of parental support and engagement throughout student-athletes’ careers. However, most also express concern that negative parental involvement is increasing in intercollegiate athletics, and importantly that it has the potential to inhibit student-athletes’ positive development and experiences on and off the field.

Our research with parents, coaches, administrators, and student-athletes across NCAA Divisions underscores four key domains of parent involvement:

Parent Support

How often parents provide their student-athletes emotional, practical, and financial assistance

Parent Contact

How often parents communicate with their student-athletes using texting, social media, and other types of contact

Academic Engagement

The level of involvement parents have in their student-athletes’ educational pursuits and decisions

Athletic Engagement

The level of involvement parents have in their student-athletes’ sport careers and decisions

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