What's happening to sports participation?

We've given a lot of coverage in our eNewsletters to the declining participation in out-of-home entertainment and social events. So we thought we'd take a look at sports participation to see what's happening with it.

It's not good news for sports participation. This chart shows that since 2006, participation for ages 7+ is down in every sport, and rather dramatically for many.

When we zero in on just children ages 6-12, things aren't much better. Participation since 2008 is down in all the major sports. The only sports showing any increase are ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey. Gymnastics is also up.