Youth sports rebound to pre-pandemic levels
By the numbers: Children ages 5 to 18 are spending 16.6 hours playing sports each week, the most since before the outbreak of COVID-19.
- The rebound was driven largely by increased competition, which is up 32% from last year to its pre-pandemic total of 3.7 hours per week.
- Virtual play is the only activity with lower participation than last year, an expected drop as the era of at-home gym classes fades away.
Yes, but: The kids who enjoy sports may be returning, but a growing number aren't interested in sports at all. Participation declines have been a theme for a while, and the COVID era only made things worse.
- 27% of youth sports parents currently view their child's lack of interest in sports as a barrier to return to play, per Aspen's report.
- That's up from 18% during the pandemic’s early months.