Survey: Most Kids Stop Playing Sports by Age 11

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A new survey conducted by the Aspen Institute with the Utah State University Families in Sports Lab found that the average child stops playing sports by age 11. 

The survey found that only 38 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 12 participated in team sports on a regular basis in 2019 — down from 45 percent in 2008, according to separate research conducted by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. The survey sought insights into why kids give up on team sports, and found that most give up a particular sport after 2.86 years on average.

Two key reasons for kids quitting sports were identified with the survey: first, that kids aren’t having fun playing anymore and second, that parents are feeling financial pressure to keep their kids involved.

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