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  • Overall U.S. Participation Levels Down In Top Team Sports In '09

    Overall participation in the top team sports in the U.S. declined in '09, according to data from the SGMA '10 U.S. Trends in Team Sports report. The survey's panel of more than 41,000 was derived from 25,000 individuals and 15,000 households surveyed in January. Fast-pitch softball and ice hockey saw the biggest year-over-year gains, up 13.8% and 12.2%, respectively. Among sports seeing double-digit percentage drops in participation were slow-pitch softball, indoor volleyball, tackle football, flag football and wrestling. Compared to nine years ago, lacrosse continues to see the best growth. The sport also has the highest percentage of participants (48%) whose families have an income over $100,000. Basketball and beach volleyball had casual/pick-up players make up more than 50% of their participants. Listed below are participation levels in select sports from '09, with comparisons to '08 and '00 (SGMA).

    TEAM SPORTS PARTICIPATION TRENDS (ALL PARTICIPANTS, AGE 6+)
    SPORT
    '09 (000)
    '08 (000)
    1-YR % +/-
    '00 (000)
    9-YR % +/-
    Basketball
    24,007
    26,254
    -8.6%
    26,215
    -8.4%
    Baseball
    13,837
    15,020
    -7.9%
    15,848
    -12.7%
    Outdoor soccer
    13,691
    14,223
    -3.7%
    n/a
    n/a
    Slow-pitch softball
    8,525
    9,835
    -13.3%
    13,577
    -37.2%
    Indoor volleyball
    7,283
    8,190
    -11.1%
    n/a
    n/a
    Tackle football
    6,794
    7,692
    -11.7%
    8,229
    -17.4%
    Flag Football
    6,533
    7,310
    -10.6%
    n/a
    n/a
    Indoor soccer
    4,913
    4,737
    3.7%
    n/a
    n/a
    Beach volleyball
    4,476
    4,171
    7.3%
    5,248
    -14.7%
    Track & Field
    4,443
    4,516
    -1.6%
    n/a
    n/a
    Gymnastics
    4,021
    3,883
    3.6%
    4,876
    -17.5%
    Wrestling
    2,982
    3,358
    -11.2%
    3,743
    -20.3%
    Fast-pitch softball
    2,636
    2,316
    13.8%
    2,693
    -2.1%
    Ice Hockey
    2,134
    1,902
    12.2%
    2,432
    -12.3%
    Lacrosse
    1,197
    1,127
    6.2%
    518
    131.1%
    Rugby
    750
    690
    8.7%
    n/a
    n/a

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