Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The purpose of this study was to determine the opinions and attitudes of high school girls from selected Canadian schools toward interscholastic basketball. A questionnaire was devised to sample their opinions on basketball practices, the quality of coaching, attitudes regarding cleanliness and menstruation, and personal views and feelings about the game of basketball.

Eleven high schools were selected from the five major athletic conferences in Greater Winnipeg. Fifty girls were chosen from five schools in which girls' basketball teams were coached by men, and fifty girls were selected from six different schools where women coached the girls' basketball teams.

The information was arranged so that comparisons could be noted between the male- and female-coached respondents. The information was further arranged so that comparisons could be observed in relation to the number of years of competitive basketball experience of the respondents.

The data from the questionnaires were tabulated and analyzed, and some of the more important conclusions drawn were summarized as follows:

1. The majority of the respondents preferred a man for a coach.

2 . Most of the athletes did not shower at school after basketball practices or games.

3. Eighty-five per cent of the athletes did not consider basketball too strenuous an activity during menstruation.

4. All respondents indicated their enjoyment of the game of basketball.

5. Respondents felt it necessary to have school teams for girls.

6. The respondents were rather evenly divided as to whether athletics had a good or bad effect on their ability to study.

7. Almost all the girls believed that participation in competitive sports developed personality and character.

8. Opinions concerning the personal image of the athletic girl seemed many and varied.

9. Unanimous agreement was in evidence that competitive sports provided valuable experiences.