7 01, 2017

Why Kids Quit Sports

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Another year behind us and the statistics regarding children's participation in sports continue to take a grim turn: namely, downward. By age 13, a staggering 70 percent of kids bail out on organized sports - a troubling trend for a number of reasons. Why are so many kids saying good-bye to sports? Depending on the source, there are a number of reasons, foremost among them: No Longer Fun Anyone who has played organized sports knows that with each passing year the competition becomes more intense. For many kids - especially those who aren't athletically gifted or

17 06, 2015

Rising Costs Lower Sports Participation

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The decline in youth sports participation can be attributed to many causes, but one of the most important is price. For a growing number of Americans, it is simply too expensive to enroll their kids in team sports, particularly at the travel level. Add to this cuts in state and federal funding for schools in general and extracurricular activities (including sports) in particular, which places a greater onus on parents to make up the difference through donations and outright fees. The result is a growing population of parents who cannot afford to place their children

15 06, 2015

The Kids Are NOT Alright

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Recently we've been writing about the myriad benefits of sports and athletic activity for kids. Now for the bad news: a growing number of kids simply are not participating in youth sports. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), more than 21 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 play team sports on a regular basis. Another five million are engaged on a part-time basis. Additionally, participation is highest before kids reach their teenaged years, when a general decline begins. What is of concern, however, is that there also is a