Youth Athletics

An estimated 25 million children age six through eighteen participate in one or more school or community based athletic program. This number is on the rise as the average age of children entering such programs has dropped. In order to supervise, teach and manage these athletes, approximately 2.5 million coaches spend an average of 80 hours per season with them. The majority of coaches volunteer for programs organized by community bodies, religious organizations and recreational facilities. Most are adults who leave coaching as soon as their children lose interest or eligibility for continued sports competition.

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