In the United States today, there are an estimated 30 to 45 million youth aged 6 to 18 participating in some form of athletics (Brenner). Sports participation not only creates health benefits, but research has also proven positive correlations with academic performance and emotional development. However, approximately 80% of youth drop out of sports by age 12 (Indiana University). After extensive research, I associate three factors with the high youth sports participation dropout rate: physical burnout, negative emotional experiences, and increased expenses, all which can be mitigated. I wrote a report to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, a non-profit 501©(3) organization that “seeks to make the sports experience safe, fun, and healthy for all children” (NAYS). While the organization has already made great strides to ensure that our nation’s youth have positive experiences with athletics, I provided NAYS with several recommendations that I believe will decrease the youth sport participation dropout rate.


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