Report: The Future of Youth Sports
What does the future of youth sports look like in an era when young athletes increasingly dictate the terms of competition and control ever more media power—and when the value of sports scholarships and traditional college education are under attack?
We take a deep look at the best and worst-case scenarios for the future of youth sports as parents, coaches, futurists, industry experts—and former youth athletes.
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Includes 10 topics with predictions of where youth sports is headed, along with roadmaps for creating a better youth sports experience–for all.
IntroductionToward a Youth Sports UtopiaAbout The Report
About The Future of Youth Sports Report
From The EditorYouth Sports Is Dead. Long Live Youth SportsEditor’s Letter
Why we have to build a better future for ourselves and our children.
01Kids Play Families PayRead
Mapping the Youth Sports Industrial Complex
02Sports Builds BrainsREAD
Why Sports Are Key to the Future of Child Development
03The Future of Recess
Kids Gotta Play
04Making the Game of Life More FairRead
How Sports Can Increase Opportunity and Improve Life for Underprivileged Kids
How Increasing Gender Fluidity Will Transform Sports
Who Gets the Money When Media Inundates Youth Sports?
07Not a Zero-Sum GameRead
N.I.L. Rules and College Recruiting’s Growing Pains Could Be Terminal for the NCAA
08Outside the Lines
The Alt Scene Becomes the Mainstream
09eSports Singularity Ahead
Simulated Sports Means New Options, Not Replacements
10Infinite Field of Play
Mixed Reality and Augmented Exercise Get Kids Moving
How We Fix ItLet’s Fix Youth Sports
10 ways we can shape the future of youth sports together.
Project team, writing team, editing team, design team, and special thanks.
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