Project Description

About Dr. Travis Dorsch

Dr. Travis Dorsch
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Travis Dorsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Utah State University. As the Founding Director of the university’s Families in Sport Lab, Dr. Dorsch’s research is specifically targeted at understanding the impact of parent involvement in their children’s youth sports, the role of youth sport participation on family relationships and parent-child interaction, and the outcomes of parent support and pressure in youth and adolescent sport contexts. Dr. Dorsch has been funded by the NCAA and his research findings have been highlighted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Most importantly, his work has led to the development of evidence-based strategies that have been widely adopted by sport leagues, administrators, and parents. This has fostered more developmentally appropriate youth sport contexts and allowed researchers and practitioners to evaluate the role of parent involvement in organized youth sport.

Parent involvement in organized youth sport: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Dr. Travis Dorsch will speak to the impact of parent involvement in organized youth sport, drawing on personal and academic understanding of family relationships and parent-child interaction in this ubiquitous context. Salient questions will be addressed, such as: How much is too much to spend on my kids’ sports? What should I say to my kids from the sidelines at their events? When is it too early to sign them up for the travel team? Am I that parent? Dr. Dorsch will also share the evidence-based strategies he employs with sport leagues, administrators, and parents to foster more developmentally appropriate youth sport contexts.