Organized youth sports are highly popular for youth and their families, with approximately 45 million children and adolescent participants in the US. Seventy five percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports. On the surface, it appears that US children are healthy and happy as they engage in this traditional pastime, and families report higher levels of satisfaction if their children participate.
Do you feel youth sports in the United States are accessible to all children? Or do you feel they are available only to a talented few? Last year, over 40 million children in the United States played an organized sport.
When Isabella started playing lacrosse in the first grade, she would wake up before sunrise and count the minutes until she could hop the chain-link fence that separated her house from the field where her team practiced. Her deftness with a lacrosse stick made her an early standout, and she soon gave up basketball and soccer to focus on the sport. By the time Isabella was a high-school sophomore, she had already been recruited by an elite, Division I college and was signing autographs in her lacrosse-obsessed hometown.
The problem is that while the FDA takes responsibility for knowing everything about our food as the EPA does with the environment and a group called ARDA does with religious lifeno one agency or organization monitors youth sports either as a central part of American childhood or as an industry. And it is an industry. So we are left with a Wild West of local and regional organizations in dozens of sports and no better odds of getting pinpoint data than of counting all the tumbleweeds blowing across the land.
He rhapsodized about the championships his teams had won in their first two years of operation. Too much money, too much parent involvement, and too many brokenhearted 6-year-olds. Not to mention too many well-meaning adults who have no clue about all of the above.
You could follow the money. Or you could follow the kids. The share of children ages 6 to 12 who play a team sport on a regular basis declined from
Read the Summit recap here. The Aspen Institute is collaborating on a multi-year effort by more than a dozen leading sport, health, media and other organizations to grow national sport participation rates and related metrics among youth. The need is clear for Project Play
Having fun, making friends and getting exercise are just a few benefits for youths who participate in sports. However, sports also help children learn and hone skills such as how to challenge themselves and how to cope with intense competition. Most children develop the necessary skills and physical abilities to participate in sports around age 6 or 7, setting a foundation for sports involvement that can last well into adulthood. Between andapproximately 7, boys and girls participated in high school sports.
Every year, millions of teenagers in the United States participate in team sports. Gallup research shows that more than 50 percent of teenagers are on a middle or high school sports team. But, what about the remaining 50 percent?