Future Outlook for the Youth Sports Industry
The youth sports industry is poised for significant growth in the coming years. With increasing emphasis on physical fitness and overall health, parents are recognizing the importance of engaging their children in sports activities from a young age. This growing awareness, coupled with advancements in technology and access to information, will revolutionize the industry.
The most recent year in which data is available is 2019. That year, 56.1% of youth ages 6-17 say they “participated on a sports team” or “took sports lessons after-school or on weekends.” (In 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also set a long-term objective: 63.3% of students playing by 2030).
Parents concerned specifically with their children’s weight, health, or physical activity level look to youth sports to provide structured, healthy, fun physical activities. Parents are also aware of the effects their children are suffering from due to the pandemic. They are worried about their children’s mental health. Regular exercise combats anxiety and depression. The NAofA began incorporating SEL (Social Emotional Learning) into their NAofA Coach Certification in 2021. We are the solution to getting children healthy again.