Youth football participation

Posted on April 18, 2016

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.

For the remainder of the article follow the link below
http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/15210245/slight-one-year-increase-number-youth-playing-football-data-shows

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