Team Sports Participation Both Up and Down

Overall participation in the top-seven team sports in the United States has declined in the past year, while participation in seven "niche" team sports is on the rise. Those are among the latest findings of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association's annual participation study of team sports.

Those niche sports that have experienced "respectable gains" are fast-pitch softball (up 13.8 percent), indoor soccer (up 3.7 percent) and gymnastics (up 3.6%). The top-seven team sports that dropped in participation levels are basketball, baseball, outdoor soccer, touch football, slow-pitch softball, court volleyball and tackle football.


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