U.S. Trends in Team Sports 2001
A case could be made that the topic of team sports is one of the most important in American life. These sports are important not because of the attention they receive from millions who watch them on television; team sports are important because they are played by our children. In 2000, 36 million Americans between the ages of 6 and 17 participated in at least one team sport. That's 75% of all the children in the country. And 26 million - 54% of the total - played in an organized setting under the supervision of adults. Reports from across the country indicate we are experiencing a boom in organized team sports. This is attributable to the growth in the youth population; a rising tide of girls who want to play organized team sports; the opening of new programs for very young children; by a societal move away from pickup team sports toward supervised and organized sports; and by the growing practice of playing many sports "out of season." This 28 page report is a comprehensive study on US participation patterns in six team sports - baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball. It also contains two special sections: * Participation in Organized Team Sports -- 54% of US Youngsters Play Organized Team Sports, and * Parents Rate the Team Sports Experience 2001 Edition 28 pages - PDF: 644k
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