News U Can Use: "Athletic Options for Tweens Not Interested in Sports"
" Although sports like baseball and football have been categorized as being America’s pastimes, many children (and parents) are seeking alternative ways of being active beyond the traditional stick- and field-type sports.
According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), core participation in traditional sports for youth has been declining for a number of reasons, including the level of competitiveness and the risk of injury. “Many kids as well as their parents are turned off by the seriousness of youth sports in America,” said Tom Cove, president and chief executive of SFIA. “What should be play becomes work. Sometimes we lose the most essential element of sports: fun.”
Thankfully, kids today have many nontraditional options to choose from, including parkour, ninja warrior classes and rock climbing. “As we are all unique individuals, some sports may be better suited to some personalities and physical capabilities than others..." KEEP READING AT THE WASHINGTON POST