TRENDS IN SPORTS: Why are Fewer Kids Playing Baseball and Softball?

TRENDS IN SPORTS: Why are Fewer Kids Playing Baseball and Softball?
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Running Backwards Could Help Your Game + MORE

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At a sports parenting event this past week in Norwalk, CT, several of the attendees mentioned that in recent years, there’s been a definite downward trend in terms of kids coming out for baseball and softball, especially at the youth levels.
That got me thinking, because certainly the popularity of sports goes up and down in cycles, pretty much like everything else in life…

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