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Author Topic: Youth Sports Participation  (Read 1616 times)

MU82

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Youth Sports Participation
« on: November 13, 2023, 08:20:18 AM »
Basketball remains the sport with by far the most youth (ages 6-12) participation, although its numbers have been essentially flat the last few years.



Biggest growth sports from 2019-22: Tennis 51%, golf 33% (perhaps meaningfully, tennis and golf numbers were provided by sport-specific associations, whereas all others came from Sports & Fitness Industry Association).

Biggest decliners 2019-22: swimming -27%, lacrosse -26%, wrestling -23%, cheerleading -23%, baseball -20%.

Basketball, which had 3.97 million participants in 2022, was down 0.4%. Baseball, second with 3.28M, was down 20%. Soccer, with 2.27M, was up 4%.
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2023, 08:25:22 AM »
I quit coaching youth baseball, participation drops off 20%.   Coincidence?
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2023, 08:30:13 AM »
Golf is a hobby, not a sport.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2023, 08:36:50 AM »
Hmmmmm, did anything happen in, say, 2020, that might have led to the...
Cancelation of team sports seasons?
Increased golf rounds played?
Increased screen time among children?


Hmmmm.....


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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2023, 08:57:37 AM »
Yes, of course COVID played a major role. Here's what Yahoo Sports wrote to accompany that report:

The pandemic brought youth sports in America to an abrupt halt. Years later, most team sports are still struggling to regain their footing.

‌State of play: Soccer is the only team sport that saw a significant participation increase from 2019 to 2022, according to Aspen Institute's annual State of Play report, published this morning.

By the numbers: Soccer participation among American youth ages 6-12 was up 4% in 2022 compared to 2019. The only other team sport that saw an uptick was flag football (+0.3%).

All the others saw participation declines, with swimming (-26.9%), lacrosse (-26.2%), baseball (-20.1%), ice hockey (-17.5%) and tackle football (-13.2%) among the steepest.

Basketball, which had the most participants ages 6-12 of any sport (3.9 million in 2022), saw participation rates stay relatively flat.

Individual sports on the rise: Tennis (+51.2%) and golf (+32.6%) saw substantial spikes in participation. Both sports experienced COVID booms and appear to have sustained some of that momentum.

More findings:

Girls up, boys down: Boys (40%) still regularly played sports at a higher rate than girls (35%) in 2022, but they're trending in opposite directions.

Top states: Massachusetts and Minnesota reached the federal government's goal of 63% sports participation in both 2020 and 2021. North Dakota, Vermont, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and New Hampshire came close.

Knee injuries on the rise: In high school sports, ACL tears increased 12% between 2007-08 and 2021-22. Girls soccer had the highest rates, followed by tackle football, girls basketball and girls lacrosse.
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2023, 09:08:38 AM »
I quit coaching youth baseball, participation drops off 20%.   Coincidence?

The hot moms must have been disappointed.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2023, 09:17:16 AM »
Brilliant.
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2023, 09:20:47 AM »
One of the biggest drops looks to be in meet sports (golf notwithstanding).  I think both kids and parents just don't have the appetite for 5 hour competitions where each kid partcipates for 180 seconds.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2023, 09:21:25 AM »
Ok, so which sports do I push my girls into for their best chance at a college scholarship?

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2023, 09:23:37 AM »
Ok, so which sports do I push my girls into for their best chance at a college scholarship?

Bowling or golf.

Unless they're like 6'4" or taller and athletic.  Then volleyball.
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2023, 09:27:19 AM »
Bowling or golf.

Unless they're like 6'4" or taller and athletic.  Then volleyball.


Actually, I would do cross country with rowing as a back-up plan.  Bowling isn't a bad choice because participation is low, but there aren't a lot of scholarships.
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2023, 09:57:40 AM »

Actually, I would do cross country with rowing as a back-up plan.  Bowling isn't a bad choice because participation is low, but there aren't a lot of scholarships.

Yeah wasn't sure about the scholarship situation for bowling.  I guess because I absolutely despise both distance running and rowing I'd never want to torture my child with those things.
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2023, 10:00:22 AM »
Ok, so which sports do I push my girls into for their best chance at a college scholarship?

Esports duh
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2023, 10:01:23 AM »
Wow lacrosse really took a hit. Wasn't that "the" growth sport for a long time?
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2023, 11:28:58 AM »
Ok, so which sports do I push my girls into for their best chance at a college scholarship?
Hopefully they get their athletic and academic talent from their mother j/k.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2023, 11:45:37 AM »
Yeah wasn't sure about the scholarship situation for bowling.  I guess because I absolutely despise both distance running and rowing I'd never want to torture my child with those things.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2023, 11:58:21 AM »
Wtf is Pickleball??
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2023, 12:15:00 PM »
Ok, so which sports do I push my girls into for their best chance at a college scholarship?

Marching Band
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2023, 12:19:25 PM »
Marching Band
Bragging on my daughter. She is a Freshman in the Band(Color Guard). She just won the National Championship this past weekend. No scholarship letters yet.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2023, 12:24:40 PM »
Wtf is Pickleball??
Neither youth nor sport
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2023, 12:34:22 PM »
Bowling or golf.

Unless they're like 6'4" or taller and athletic.  Then volleyball.

Someone can correct me, but for a good decade in the 2010s, they were having trouble filling womens golf scholarships.

Anecdotally, YMMV, but I played regularly with a girl I grew up.  She was a solid player, played 1 or 2 on our HS golf team, which was decent.  We'd be pretty even, slight edge to her, when we played reds vs whites.  If we both played whites, I'd usually give her a couple of strokes a side.  I was a pretty good in HS, but hadn't hit a growth spurt and didn't have much distance, which was a main reason I didn't make a varsity team which spit out a D1 player every couple of years (not all that common for Wisconsin).  But she got a scholarship and played B10 golf for Penn State.  Its not a drag on her at all and it was awesome for her but the other girls I knew in HS that played major conference were heads and shoulders above their peers.

Another friend of mine (her older brother was a stud golfer who played at Marquette) was a pretty good golfer, didn't play HS golf until her junior year and then was never better than 4th position on the team, turned down 2 offers cause she wanted to go to Marquette Nursing.

Unrelated, if your daughter is a bowler, steer her away from Stephen F Austin  :o

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2023, 12:37:04 PM »
I'm guessing they're all holding out for better contracts.

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2023, 01:29:29 PM »
Neither youth nor sport


I just tore my meniscus playing pickleball. Given that didn't happen playing Hurling, Boxing, soccer, lacrosse, running, or volleyball then I'm reasonably going to assume that means pickleballs more high impact!
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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2023, 01:48:40 PM »
I just tore my meniscus playing pickleball. Given that didn't happen playing Hurling, Boxing, soccer, lacrosse, running, or volleyball then I'm reasonably going to assume that means pickleballs more high impact!

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Re: Youth Sports Participation
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2023, 02:14:14 PM »
Ok, so which sports do I push my girls into for their best chance at a college scholarship?

Just tell them to study hard and get an academic scholarship.

Way easier to get, and not a massive time/effort suck once you arrive on campus.
Have some patience, FFS.

 

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