Seek and You Will Find!

While the discussion of the question of whether boys and girls should be coached the same goes on I found some resources that may interest you. Of course, the first thing I found was a paper that seemed perfect (“Sex Differences in Sports Across 50 Societies”) but like so much research now, the publisher wanted $36 to get a copy. (None of which goes to the authors, by the way, which just adds to the reasons why I will not play their game. If anyone wants to buy it, read it and report on the contents, I wouldn’t be opposed.)

Next I found a paper (for free) entitled: “Sex Differences in Sports Interest and Motivation: An Evolutionary Perspective” which you can find here.

And then I found “Gender Equality and (Elite) Sport” which you can get, again for free, here.

Both of these seem interesting enough and apply to the question.

I would like to know what the archery participation rates are in a country like Korea. Participation is, in essence, by invitation. There is no reason that different numbers of boys and girls would be selected as they do not compete with one another and the numbers of Olympic and World Championship medals available to each sex are the same.

It seems that the more people who participate in a sport, the higher the level of performance. This is obvious in an example like Korea which went from an Olympic archery nonentity to a powerhouse, fueled to some degree by a massive increase in participation. (Obviously other supports like coaching and opportunities to practice, etc. also apply.)




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3 responses to “Seek and You Will Find!

  1. David Beeton

    Don’t forget, Steve, that they are identified at a very early stage, usually by participating in archery lessons at school. There is no reason why we should not be able to do the same thing – it just needs someone to start to put up some funding to support the development of school’s archery and further training for the selected candidates of the future national teams! If you look at any of the Soviet and Asian teams, they all start with very young students and push them from there.


    • Their system is based on societal structures unlike ours. They have a few dozen magnet schools and if the kids qualify, they they are started in the program. When their schooling is done they are prepared to do very little besides archery, which would be illegal in this country. And this is not a small commitment, either on the government’s part or the kids/kids parents.

      On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:32 PM, A Blog for Archery Coaches wrote:



  2. Hi Steve, you can find “Sex Differences in Sports Across 50 Societies” on Google Scholar for free.


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