youth sports

September 6, 2017

Study: Participation in youth sports continues to decline

Nationwide participation in youth sports is down nearly 8 percent over the last decade, according to a new study published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and The Aspen Institute. In 2008, close to 45 percent of kids ages 6 to 12 ...

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April 27, 2017

Five key ways volunteers contribute to youth sports

By Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football CEO & Executive Director   Volunteers are influential, powerful and game-changing. They foster positive experiences for student-athletes so they can acquire the inherent values football teaches. Without them, t...

April 24, 2017

Study highlights pressure in youth sports

A new study examining youth sports takes a close look at the pressure kids face and how it contributes to declining participation. Yellowbrick in Illinois surveyed 1,000 Americans to get a sense of how the pressure to succeed in youth sports has...

April 18, 2017

The dangers of elitism with youth, high school athletes

The dark side of youth and high school sports occurs in the shadows. The root cause is “elitism” — the marketing of 9-year-old players as “all stars,” the parental boasting of their kid's talent, and the social validation children receiv...

March 31, 2017

MLB managers Girardi, Matheny discuss youth sports

Days before the start of the 2017 MLB season, two of the game's most accomplished managers shared their thoughts on parenting and some of the most common issues in youth sports. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and St. Louis Cardinals manager...

March 26, 2017

LeBron James: If you care for kids, give them guidance

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James had some thoughts on coaching and leadership Sunday evening, which he shared via Twitter. James, who last week was ranked 11th on Fortune's list of "world's greatest leaders," said leaders — especially thos...

March 24, 2017

Montana bill would expand concussion rules for youth sports

A new bill in Montana seeks to expand the state's concussion laws, requiring non-public schools and youth organizations to comply with protocols already in place for public high schools. Montana in 2013 passed a law that requires student-athletes ...

March 13, 2017

Study: Specialization before age 12 increases risk of injury

A study conducted by Emory Sports Medicine recommends that young athletes should not specialize in sports before age 12, train more hours per week then their age, and should limit training to less than 16 hours per week to avoid injury. Physician ...