Fewer kids are playing sports than years ago according to a study published in the Wall Street Journal. According to the study, the big four sports are seeing about a four percent decline in participation based on reports from trade groups.
According to Bob St. Mane of St. Mane's Sporting Goods, the oldest sporting goods retailer in the state, baseball numbers continue to drop while football and basketball hold steady. Lacrosse has taken off in the state while soccer is seeing modest increases. St. Mane doesn't think the numbers are dropping, just shifting.
"I think when a new sport comes in the kids want to try it," St. Mane said. "The middle of the road baseball player wants to try lacrosse and if they're good at lacrosse they are going to stay there."
Closer to home, the Minnesota State High School League confirms that numbers of participants in team sports at the high school level has dropped four percent since 2008 as well but cautioned that the numbers are not considered complete as some schools don't report their numbers.