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U.S. Trends in Team Sports 2009

U.S. Trends in Team Sports 2009

Ultimate Report on the State of Team Sports

Team sports have a vast appeal for young people. This may be why over 29 million 6-17 year-olds participate in team sports according to previous SGMA research. In recent years it was noted that team sports participation was consolidated among the most serious players, revealing a decline in casual, pick-up players for a substantial increase in organized team sports. Baseball participation has remained relatively stable due to large community-based youth leagues, while basketball has not had the same consistency. In high schools, soccer became the most rapidly growing sport even with the explosive increase in lacrosse, which expanded more than five-fold between 1990-91 and 2007-08 for boy's and girl's teams. In addition, even with soccer and lacrosse on the rapid rise, football remained the most popular sport in high school, college, and beyond. But does this information still hold true today? Has the stable participation in baseball collapsed? Or did soccer take a back seat to a new escalating high school sport?

Just like fashion, weather, or even our economy, participation in team sports varies from year to year and decade to decade. Learn the most up-to-date information on team sports in the 2009 edition of SGMA's U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report. This report not only reveals the most recent data and statistics on team sports, but provides valuable information for predicting upcoming trends, knowledge that is integral in the sporting goods industry.   

This report offers overall highlights and insights on team sports, including percentage of participants at each age from six to seventeen. Over 20 team sports, ranging from field hockey to ultimate Frisbee, were individually analyzed. The results produced participation trends in four frequency groups: casual, regular, frequent, and CORE.

Additionally, an in-depth look is given to each team sport. This includes: 

  • Total Players and Total Players by Frequency
  • Percentage of Players by Sex
  • Percentage of Players by Age
  • Percentage of Players by Household Income
  • Type of Play: League, School, Pick-up, etc.
  • Trends in Organized Play: Community-Based, High School, or NCAA

Want to know more about team sports and their dominating role in our American Society? Then download the coveted 2009 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report today!

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