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Youth Sport Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics when it comes to youth sports. Keep these in mind when you are a coach, referee, volunteer, and most of all a player and parent.

 

More than 65% of children say they participate in sports to be with friends

Source: Athletic Footwear Association, 1990

 

One top reason why children say they participate in sports: to have fun and to improve their skills

Source: Athletic Footwear Association, 1990

 

Top reasons children quit playing organized sports include:

  • Not having fun
  • The coach played favorites
  • Too much emphasis is placed on competition
  • Frustration with not getting to play
Source: Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michigan State University, 2004

 

64% of parents say their children have been dissatisfied with their sports experience

Source: National PTA Convention Survey, 2003

 

Some 41 million  boys and girls play organized sports in the U.S.; 70% will quit playing  by age 13.

Source: CNN, July 10,2006
Source: National Alliance for Sports

 

44% of parents say their child has dropped out of an activity because it made them unhappy

Source: National PTA Convention Survey, 2003
 

72% of boys and girls would rather play on a losing team than sit on the bench for a winning team

Source: The Josephson Institute of Ethics, 2004
 
 

71% of children say they wouldn’t care if no score were kept in their games

Source: USA Today, September 9, 1990
 
 

Only 1 in 5 athletes feel they have to win in order to enjoy their sport

Source: The Josephson Institute of Ethics, 2004
 
 
 

Nearly 1 in 10 young athletes acknowledge cheating

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005

 

14% of young athletes believe cheating is an acceptable behavior

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005
 
 
 

13% of young athletes have tried to injure an opponent

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005
 
 
 

27% of young athletes have admitted to acting like a "bad sport"

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005

 

 

2% of young athletes consider arguing with officials to be part of the game

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005

 

 

8% of coaches have encouraged their athletes to hurt an opponent

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005
 
 
 

7% of coaches have condoned cheating

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005

 

 

20% of coaches have made fun of a team member with limited skills

Source: Journal of Research in Character Education, 2005