By Ken Reed

According to national data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), boys participation in sports has dropped from 50% to 40% in one decade.

Boys are still participating in sports at a higher rate than girls but the gap is closing. Girls’ sports participation rate was 35%, according to SFIA. The rate for girls has been on the rise the last decade.

In related data, for young children ages 6-12, there was a decline of 5% in sports participation, from 2019-2022.

The federal government has set a national overall goal for youth sports participation of 63% by 2030. The chances of reaching that goal seem bleak, given current trends. Only two states, Minnesota and Massachusetts, have reached that rate.

The Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative compiled the data.

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


Comments are closed.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.