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What the kids are playing (team sports)

Most popular sports for U.S. children, ages 6 and older (000s)
Team sports 2000 2006 2007 2008 1-year change 8-year change
Baseball 15,848 14,586 16,058 15,020 -6.50% -5.20%
Basketball 26,215 23,680 25,961 26,254 1.10% 0.10%
Cheerleading 2,634 2,931 3,279 3,104 -5.30% 17.80%
Field hockey NA 774 1,127 1,118 -0.80% NA
Football (flag) NA NA NA 7,310 NA NA
Football (touch) NA NA NA 10,493 NA NA
Football (tackle) 8,229 8,404 7,939 7,692 -3.10% -6.50%
Gymnastics 4,876 3,630 4,066 3,883 -4.50% -20.40%
Ice hockey 2,432 1,717 1,840 1,902 3.40% -21.80%
Lacrosse 518 871 1,058 1,127 6.50% 117.60%
Paintball 3,615 4,547 5,476 4,857 -11.30% 34.30%
Roller hockey 3,888 1,383 1,847 1,562 -15.40% -59.80%
Rugby NA 514 617 690 11.80% NA
Soccer (indoor) NA 4,701 4,237 4,737 11.80% NA
Soccer (outdoor) NA 13,598 13,708 14,223 3.80% NA
Softball (fast pitch) 2,693 1,759 2,345 2,316 -1.20% -14.00%
Softball (slow pitch) 13,577 9,518 9,485 9,835 3.70% -27.60%
Track and field NA 4,031 4,691 4,516 -3.70% NA
Ultimate Frisbee NA 3,698 4,038 4,879 20.80% NA
Volleyball (beach) 5,248 3,315 3,878 4,171 7.50% -20.50%
Volleyball (court) NA 6,132 6,986 8,190 17.20% NA
Volleyball( grass) NA 4,372 4,940 5,086 3.00% NA
Wrestling 3,743 2,914 3,313 3,358 1.40% -10.30%
Source: SGMAs Sports Participation in America 2009
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