Analyzing computer applications in National Collegiate Athletic Association's men's basketball programs
Scott William Eaton, Boston University, United States
Boston University . Awarded
The purpose of this investigation was to analyze and evaluate the use of computers in the administration of men's basketball programs of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and to determine the effectiveness of the specific computer applications and software used in those programs. A comparison of the institutions' divisional status and the computer availability and usage was analyzed. The effectiveness of the use of the computer to the organization of the basketball program was analyzed. The effectiveness of the use of the computer to the success in terms of team record of the basketball program was analyzed. The software applications other than the basic functions of word processing, database managing, and spreadsheet operating were also examined and analyzed. The effectiveness of the individual categories of computer usage was analyzed.
The sample size for this study was 740, the number of Division I, II and III institutions that are members of the NCAA. Out of the 740 institutions, 292 (39.5%) schools returned the questionnaire.
The study indicates that 89.4% of the institutions use computers in the administration of their programs. 97.9% of these institutions indicated that the use of computers is valuable, very valuable, or extremely valuable. 88.0% of these institutions indicated that hours spent using the computer in the basketball office were hours spent efficiently and effectively. The study indicated that Division I institutions had more resources, more personnel, and more computers available to them than Division II or III. There was no relationship between the effectiveness of the computer and the success of the team in terms of team winning percentage. The study found that 86.2% of the computer application categories, 89.2% of the custom computer applications, and 92.7% of the basketball web sites were very valuable and effective in the administration of the basketball program.
The schools that responded to this questionnaire have demonstrated that using computers in the administration of the men's basketball program is a valuable and an effective means of maintaining an effective program.
Eaton, S.W. Analyzing computer applications in National Collegiate Athletic Association's men's basketball programs. Ph.D. thesis, Boston University.
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