Youth Sports Environment
- There are 4.5 million children between the ages six and 12 that didn’t exercise at all during 2011.
- Sixty-two percent of children ages nine to 13 do not participate in any organized physical activity during non-school hours. (CDC)
- In the past two years local and state governments have cut more than $3.5 billion from sports and Physical Education programs in public schools. (TSF)
- According to a 2009 survey from the National Federation of State High School Associations, 33 states reported having at least one school that charged participation fees for sports or other extracurricular activities.
- In 2009-2010 there was more than $2 billion eliminated from after-school sports programs in public schools around the US. (TSF)
- There are over 3,000 non-profit youth sports organizations in the US.
- There is a lack of quality control and standardization which leads to discrepancies in each child’s/parent’s experience.
- It is proven that 10-16 year olds who have a positive relationship with a coach or mentor are 46% less likely to start using drugs; 27% are less likely to start drinking alcohol. (Up2Us)
- More than 70% of kids stop playing organized sports by age 13. (NAYS)
Sources: Center for Disease Control, National Association of State Budget Officers, Trusted Sports Foundation, Up2US, National Alliance for Youth Sports
Current Youth Sport Market
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