Youth football participation
Tom Farrey of ESPN wrote on April 17th 2016 an article discussing youth football participation with a focus on the growth of the game among 6-12 year old. The quote below is quoting Sports Marketing Surveys data from the Sports & Fitness Industry association report.
“A total of 1.23 million youth ages 6-12 played tackle football in 2015, up from 1.216 million the year before, according to data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, which commissions an annual survey of participation rates in United States households across a range of sports.
Participation in flag football within that age group saw a slightly larger jump, from 1.086 million to 1.142 million.”
The Article includes a quote from SFIA CEO Tom Cove “One year does not make a trend, but it’s a good sign,” “If you look at the last four years, the numbers have been relatively stable, particularly in the [core], which is the most objective measure of parents making decisions about their children playing the sport in a serious way.”
The article defines core participants and other details below.
The most engaged children are “core participants,” which SFIA defines as anyone who plays football 26 or more times during the year. These are the children typically involved in organized tackle leagues, in which there were an estimated 991,000 youth involved last year, up 3.3 percent from 2014 and not far from the pre-recession levels of 1 million-plus.
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Youth participation growth in football
The Associated Press released an article on March 14th quoting research done by Sports Marketing Surveys for USA football discussing the growth of football in America. The findings are based on 30,000 Americans age 6 and older in association with the Physical Activity Council on youth participation in sports.
The results spelled out in the article discuss the growth among different forms of football for children from ages 6 to 14: flag football (8.7% increase) and tackle football (1.9% increase).
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Pro football camps taking a hit
As a kid having a chance to attend football camps where instruction is taught by a professional athlete would be unheard of, let alone attending a camp by a professional athlete who brought a super bowl to your city? That would be the dream. This isn’t the case according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette who using research provided to the SFIA by Sports Marketing Surveys USA quoted it in their article on the decline of participation in Football.
“Sports & Fitness Industry Association survey reports youths between the ages of 6 and 18 playing football has dropped 5.4 percent.”
This had a direct correlation with Ben Roethlisbergers camp “Giant Eagle Ben Roethlisberger Football Camps” which had a decrease in sign ups from 500 to 420 this year with only 390 children actually attending. With a major concern from parents on concussions the camp is non contact but still not able maintain their numbers.
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Football participation decline
In a recent article published by Bloomberg research done by sports marketing surveys and presented by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Quoted in the article was a discussion of the percentage decrease in football and the rise in rugby and lacrosse in the united states.
“Participation in tackle football fell 21.1 percent from 2008-2013, while rugby and lacrosse experienced the biggest gains, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. ”
These numbers represent a five year trend and that differential among the three sports. There are many factors to be taken in when looking at this data particularly the growing concern among parents about head injury and the dissemination of sports beyond their original starting location.