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Old 03-12-18, 08:58 PM
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I am interested in to why the numbers are down - Cost, concussion worries, travel, other sports, or what? Also seems odd because in this area BPYSL and other leagues have said they have record number of teams. Maybe the rest of the country is down but not sure the Ohio area is.
I think BPYSL has become watered down with many teams that used to play in the CUSL.

I think the cost is a factor along with other sports, and just a lot of options for kids.

Seems like there are a lot of coaches coming into soccer that see the U.S. soccer family as a cash cow and are only in it for the money. I see that at clubs like CUSE where the average player is being asked to pay high fees for average instruction and training. If your child is just in it for the fun, why pay high fees?
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Old 03-13-18, 07:35 AM
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I am interested in to why the numbers are down - Cost, concussion worries, travel, other sports, or what? Also seems odd because in this area BPYSL and other leagues have said they have record number of teams. Maybe the rest of the country is down but not sure the Ohio area is.
The Aspen Institute's annual "State of Play" in 2017 showed that most sports are on the decline -- only gymnastics, lacrosse, and ice hockey have shown increases from 2008-2016.

Cost is a huge contributor, as lower income households are more physically inactive than wealthier households.
Percentage of children ages 6-12 who engaged in no sport activity
  • Under $25,000 - 29.9%
  • $25,000-49,999 - 24.9%
  • $50,000-74,999 - 20.0%

Compare those numbers to those that make $100,000+ (11.5%). Even the $75,000-99,999 class comes in at 16.1%.

Specialization could also be a contributing factor in participation numbers as kids are participating in less than two sports on average each. Three of the most popular sports (participation numbers) show declines nearly every year -- basketball, baseball, and soccer.

Here's numbers of sports decline (or increase) over the 2008-2016 span:
  • Basketball = -3.7%
  • Baseball = -4.1%
  • Soccer (outdoor) = -2.6%
  • Tackle football = -0.4%
  • Flag football = -1.5%
  • Volleyball (indoor) = -0.7%
  • Softball (fast-pitch) = 0.0% (up 15,000 children though)
  • Track & field = 0.0% (up 208,000 children though)
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Old 03-16-18, 01:03 PM
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Interesting article and comments about the ECNL/DA jockeying.

https://www.soccerwire.com/blog-post...me-rumbles-on/
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Old 03-18-18, 01:42 PM
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A real interesting article from the Denver Post describing the challenges of High School vs DA and pointing out the obvious, that the original purpose of DA is to develop/create the 23 player National Team but instead is to grab the $5k per kid of 6,400 participants. https://www.denverpost.com/2018/03/1...school-soccer/
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Old 03-18-18, 06:32 PM
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Interesting article and comments about the ECNL/DA jockeying.

https://www.soccerwire.com/blog-post...me-rumbles-on/
That's a good read, Thank you. Also heard the Director of the Orlando Pride NWSL's DA left to create an ECNL club.
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