Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Krista Cline

Second Advisor

Ashley Hutson


Sports performance is a heavily studied topic that is an important factor in recruitment for college and professional level sports as well as in the multi-billion-dollar sports gambling industry. One variable lacking in previous sports performance research is the number of years played an athlete has played in total as well as the number of years they played at a competitive level as a predictor of sports performance. Using a Qualtrics survey with a self-reported, subjective measurement of sports performance, data from 23 Butler University student-athletes was collected. SPSS was used to analyze the data. Findings are inconclusive due to the small sample size. Future researchers should create a standard self-report measurement for athletes. In addition, future research should include years in total playing a sport and years played competitively as variable affecting sports performance.