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What's Going On With Youth Sports?
Recent Study Shows A Big Drop in Core Participants!



May 19, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD – May 19, 2015 -- When it comes to team sports, the U.S. is becoming a nation of spectators and not participants.  Recent statistics released by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) indicate a drastic decline in team sports participation, in the last five years, by children ages 6 to 17.  Combined with recent news that a record 82.7 million Americans are physically inactive, this is a troubling trend which has far-reaching ramifications that is impacting rising spending on national health care, decreased life expectancy, inadequate levels of national defense, and the future of the sports and fitness industry.

Not only do the statistics indicate a drop in overall participation in youth sports, they reveal a [Youth Participation 2014] decline in the number of 'core' participants in ten major team sports -- baseball, basketball, cheerleading, court volleyball, fast-pitch softball, field hockey, ice hockey, outdoor soccer, tackle football, tennis, and track & field.  The only youth team sports to show any kind of gains in participation in the last five years at the 'core' level are lacrosse and gymnastics, two sports which have relatively low levels of overall participation.
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Bat Shaving, A Major Problem at all Levels   of Play…..

Sports UP Today Staff

 In baseball and softball the desire to hit the ball harder and longer is a build in emotion, part of each and every player.  With the evolution of non-wood bats over the years the quest of the long ball has become more reachable for high school and travel ball players across the board. However, with more restrictions placed on bat performance by the ASA (softball) and the NFHS, NCAA, Little League, and other governing bodies for baseball that ‘long ball’ passion has been steered in another direction, bat shaving.  
Bat shaving is a process that involves removing the end cap and thinning out the inner walls of the bat to increase the trampoline effect that happens when a ball hits it.
This will greatly increase the pop and distance of the bat. It’s not uncommon to pick up 40-50 feet (or more) distance with a shaved bat.
This added performance over legal limits creates an advantage for the batters and their team. A deep fly to the fence can now be home run. A normal line drive and not be a guided missile making it much harder to run down or catch.
 


















Shaving is a major issue of concern in college, high school, little leagues and travel ball. Both the NCAA and NFHS have imposed stiff penalties for both coaches and players; however,, the amount of altered bats is on the raise. Since baseball has moved to the BBCOR standard, lowering the performance of high school and college bats (both alloy and carbon fiber - wood does not apply),READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO
 

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By: Christine Towey

Chandler Tracy has done more than the average college student in his lifespan. He's transferred to another school, played baseball on a college team, and given up two years of his life to go on a mission. This business management major from Bellevue, Washington, has been driven his whole life, and plans to continue this drive after college.
 
After graduating from high school, Tracy went to the University of Oregon before taking time off for his mission. "My mission has defined the rest of my life. I loved every minute of it. It was the hardest, most rewarding experience of my life. I worked extremely hard and was able to see amazing results because of it." Coming from the Mormon faith has always led Tracy's life. "If I could do it all over again, with the same people, I would. I've tried to describe what a mission is and has done for me to different individuals and I've come to the conclusion that there aren't words in the English language that describe my mission. It was simply the most amazing, rewarding experience."  READ MORE

 

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