Over 7.8 million children participated in high school sports throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. While this might seem impressive, many sports are actually facing a slow decline. Even popular sports have not been spared from this emerging phenomenon. For instance, football is down 2.4% and basketball has fallen by 1.9% compared to the numbers in 2008. In baseball’s Little League, the drop rate has been 2% per year since 2002. What’s most concerning, the decline in participation is the fact that youth and interscholastic sports are vital for our youth, and not only for their physical health. What does the future hold?
To learn more, check out the infographic below, created by Ohio University’s Online Master’s in Athletic Administration program.