Kids’ Sports Participation Shows Slight Decline
Numbers decline from 73 percent to 71.5 percent between 2011 and 2016
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The “State of Play 2017” report from The Aspen Institute shows a slight decline in the percentage of American children ages 6-12 who are participating in team or individual sports. The report, compiled with data through a partnership with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, showed that 55.5 percent of children in this age group participated in team sports (including baseball, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, ice hockey and soccer, among other sports) in 2011. In 2016, that number had increased slightly to 56.3 percent. But while 41.5 percent of children ages 6-12 participated in a team sport on a regular basis in 2011, that percentage had declined to 36.9 percent by 2016.
Regarding individual sports (including cycling, golf, running, skateboarding and tennis, for example), 53.2 of kids ages 6-12 participated in an individual sport in 2011. In 2016, that percentage had declined to 49.8 percent.
Overall, the percentage of kids who participated in either team or individual sports declined from 73 percent to 71.5 percent from 2011 to 2016. Learn more at aspenprojectplay.org/the-facts.