Registration for the Fall Box Lacrosse Training Program is now open!

SEASON BEGINS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH AND WILL RUN FOR 6 WEEKS.

(FULL REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IF SEASON IS AFFECTED BY COVID-19)

Register Now


OBLA TRAINING PROGRAMS

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Grades 4/5/6 – Tuesdays Starting @ 6 pm

  • 1 Hour Training Session
  • $100 per player
  • Groups of 8-10 Players
  • Gloves, Sticks & Helmets with face-shield or mask required
  • 20 Minutes – Offensive drills
  • 20 Minutes – Defensive drills
  • 20 Minutes – Chumash Scrimmage
  • USBOXLA Membership Required

Grades 7/8 – Wednesdays Starting @ 6pm

  • 1 Hour Training Session
  • $100 per player
  • Groups of 8-10 Players
  • Gloves, Sticks & Helmets with face-shield or mask required
  • 20 Minutes – Offensive drills
  • 20 Minutes – Defensive drills
  • 20 Minutes – Chumash Scrimmage
  • USBOXLA Membership Required

Grades 9/10 – Thursdays Starting @ 6pm

  • 1 Hour Training Session
  • $100 per player
  • Groups of 8-10 Players
  • Gloves, Sticks & Helmets with face-shield or mask required
  • 20 Minutes – Offensive drills
  • 20 Minutes – Defensive drills
  • 20 Minutes – Chumash Scrimmage
  • USBOXLA Membership Required
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USBOXLA Membership

Membership Registration

  • Choose annual membership only for sanctioned event or league
  • Choose Oregon Box Lacrosse Assn. (OR)
  • Enter discount code: 3NRFTOGX

QUESTIONS? CONTACT oregonboxlax@gmail.com


Chumash Rules

GAME OVERVIEW:

Two teams of three players each play the game. Each team may have up to 2 additional players (5 total) as substitutes – you will want substitutes. Players are not allowed to use long or goalie sticks. Short sticks must be legal length (middle or attack).

A single goal will be set up in the middle of the field. The objective is for each team to score on its respective side of the goal. Goals are unprotected, with no goalie, keeping the speed and intensity of the game very high.

THE GOAL:

The single, two-sided goal in the middle of the field is 6 feet high by 1 foot wide. A goal is scored when the ball hits the net or when the ball hits two posts before bouncing away from the goal.

GETTING STARTED:

A coin toss will determine which team gets possession of the ball to start the game. The team that wins possession will put the ball in play from behind their TAKE BACK line. The other team gets first alternate possession, normally possession after half.

THE CREASE:

The center circle surrounding the goal is the crease. 

CREASE AREA PRIVILEGES:

When the ball is on the ground in the CREASE AREAS, players from both teams are allowed to be in this area to gain possession of the ball. When there is a clear change of possession the team with the ball must pass or carry it back to the TAKE BACK line in front of their goal, much like 3 on 3 basketball. If a team fails to do this the ball is awarded to the other team (see below).

Players from the team that does not have possession of the ball (“defensive players”) are allowed to be in the CREASE AREA but only if they are continually moving through it. A defensive player cannot take a position to defend the goal while in the CREASE AREA. A CREASE AREA violation by a defensive player will result in a technical foul (see below).

Players from the team in possession of the ball (“offensive players”) may not stop in or shoot from inside the CREASE AREA Per the above, any player may enter the crease area when the ball is on the ground and the players are attempting to gain control. A CREASE AREAS violation by an offensive player (e.g., stopping in or shooting from outer crease, stepping in inner crease) will result in a change of possession.

LOSS-OF-POSSESSION FOULS:

A change of possession will occur on illegal screens, warding off, withholding the ball, and offensive CREASE AREA violations.

PERSONAL FOULS

Personal fouls are illegal body checking, slashing, tripping, and cross-checking, based on age-division appropriate interpretations. Any touch or “Brush” of an opponent’s head or face with a stick or arm is also an automatic Personal foul. A personal foul will result in a “man down” situation and the offending player will go to the sidelines and remain there until one of the following events have occurred: d) The opposing team has taken two shots. e) The offending player’s team gains possession of the ball. f) The opposing team scores a goal.

TIME:

A 3v3 LAX game consists of two 12-minute running time halves. After a 3 minute halftime break, the two teams change sides for the 2nd half. Each team is allowed one 30 second time-out per game (the game clock will remain running during the timeout). Timeouts are not permitted with 3 minutes or less remaining in each half.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

Substitutions can be made during the course of the game. The outgoing and incoming players must touch sticks while at least one of the two players is off the field; outgoing player must immediately exit playing area. Substitution violations will result in a Technical foul.

THE FIELD:

The 3v3 LAX field is 86’x36, with the single goal anchored in the middle of the field. The boxes on each end act as the take-back line and sub area.

PLAYING THE GAME:

Each team can use the entire field and there are no offsides. However, a goal can only be scored from a team’s designated side of the field. A shot that is made into the goal by a team from the opponent’s side of the field is not a score and will result in a change of possession. When there is a clear change of possession, the team with the ball must pass or carry the ball behind the TAKE BACK line on their side of the field before they can begin attacking the goal. If a team fails to pass or carry the ball beyond the TAKE BACK before they begin attacking the goal, the ball will be awarded to the other team. The TAKE BACK line does not establish a “safe” zone.

After a goal, the ball is put in play from beyond the TAKE BACK line.

If the ball goes out of bounds, either from a shot or pass, the ball is awarded to the opposite team of who last touched the ball.  Balls may be played from off the wall with possession going to the player closest to the ball.

Chumash is designed to be as self-regulating as possible to enhance the joy of playing, and to make it easy to play a real game of lacrosse anytime, anywhere.  There will be a field monitor/score keeper to make the final call.

WALLS:

Players are allowed to play the ball off the walls.  Checking is not allowed at any age.  For the safely of all players, any ground ball near the boards will automatically be given to the closest player (if it results in a turnover, the team in possession must take the ball back to their area before they go to goal).

OTHER GAME PROCEDURES:

There are no rules governing time for ball advancement, etc. 

TECHNICAL FOULS:

Technical fouls are interference, holding, pushing, and defensive CREASE AREA violations. A technical foul will result in a “man down” situation and the offending player will go to the sub area and remain there until one of the following events have occurred: a) The opposing team has taken one shot. b) The offending player’s team gains possession of the ball. c) The opposing team scores a goal.


Oregon Box Lacrosse Update

Not changing direction but finding a way to move forward.

While we can’t go full box lacrosse games yet, we can at least start teaching kids the ins and outs of the game.

Starting in September, we’re going to run a 6 week, once day each week program. Squads of 8-10 kids by age group, will rotate through 3 stations each lasting 20 mins. Station 1 will start out learning defensive skills. From there the squad will move to station 2 while a new squad comes in to station 1. At station 2 squads will learn about the offensive side and continue to build their stick skills. After that 20 minute session, the squad moves over to the smaller field to play a round of Chumash using the skills they learned to finish off the day, while the next squad rotates in. We will run one age group a day to allow for as many players to get signed up as possible.

Should be tons of fun and very informative!!

Stay tuned for more info and registration!

The health and safety of the kids is top priority and we are following the states policies and procedures.

Players & Coaches will check in and have their temperature taken and follow the Covid-19 procedures set by the state and the Plex PDX at all times.

We will require all players to install face shields or wear a mask during training. Face shields can be purchased through our partners at Lacrosse Wolf and Epoch Lacrosse. Coaches will be wearing masks at all times as well.

Gloves, Short Sticks (NO Long Poles!), Gloves and Mouth guards are required. We may go full pads in the back half of the program. Rib pads are highly suggested and can also be purchased through our partners.

Girl’s are encouraged to sign up as well. We will try to create a squad or more at each age group of all girls. You will need to gear up like the boys for it but we would love to have you come out for this.

What Student-Athletes (and their families) Need to Know About Changes to the College Recruiting Process Due to COVID-19

  • Published on August 4, 2020

Christian BuckPerformance/Executive Coach | Sport Psychology Specialist | Author8 articles Follow

As the globe feels the ramifications of the COVID 19 pandemic, it’s safe to say the sports world is no different. Questions about the future of college sports go unanswered and student-athletes find themselves in the difficult position of determining how this will affect their personal recruiting process. My goal is to offer some detail and explanation about the current recruiting process for you to be aware of, then create an action plan that best suits your needs. 

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1. DON’T PANIC

In early May 2020, Front Rush, in partnership with Next College Student Athlete, completed a survey of 600+ college coaches. The survey responses show 98% of college coaches think they will have all or most of their athletic scholarships. 

The truth is coaches are unsure how the recruiting process (and college athletics in general) will unfold over the next six months. The Ivy League and NESCAC (as well as some other colleges) have already declared that there will be no sports participation of any kind until January 1st, 2021. Due to this delay, there will be a subsequent lag in the recruiting process as well. It’s important to remember that every high school student-athlete in the country is experiencing the same issues you are, so try not to worry about college coaches filling open roster spots – they aren’t. 

Class of 2020 high school graduates should rely on their future college coaching staff for details about what to expect for the upcoming Fall season as well as access to athletic scholarships.

Here is a helpful guideline for the Class of 2020 from the NCAA:

Students with an expected Spring/Summer 2020 graduation date who initially enroll full time at an NCAA school in 2020-21 will be academically eligible to receive athletic scholarship, practice and compete in the first year of full-time enrollment.

2. BE PATIENT 

The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee adopted a “dead period” until August 31st, 2020. Division II has extended a “quiet period” through July 31st where in-person recruiting is allowed on campus, subject to public health guidance and conference decisions.

This means coaches are not allowed to meet with a recruit in person nor do any on-field scouting this summer. In other words, don’t expect any DI or DII coaches to be on the sidelines of any showcases. I do encourage student-athletes to visit potential campuses even though you are not be able to meet with the coaching staff, as long as it’s safe and follows CDC guidelines. 

3. NOW IS THE TIME TO GET BETTER, NOT DISCOURAGED

It’s more important than ever for student-athletes to maximize their online presence and to be proactive in starting recruiting conversations with college coaches. The changes in the recruiting process due to COVID-19 are ongoing, but that doesn’t mean student-athletes should stop trying to get recruited altogether. Recruits should continue to correspond with college coaches, making sure to relay what they’ve been doing to improve. College coaches may reach out and ask student-athletes, “What have you been up to?” and the response shouldn’t be something like, “Not much, really.” 

Instead, recruits should use this time to continue to improve. Lifting, running, sprints, yoga, mixed martial arts, cross-fit training, and sport specific drills are great alternatives if they can’t practice with their team. That way, when college coaches ask potential recruits what they’ve been doing over the last several months, recruits can boast, “It’s been great! I’ve been working really hard. I even took up yoga to improve my flexibility!” 

4. GET FILMED

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in recruiting, college coaches have pivoted to watching film – a lot of it. Assistant coaches at Yale, UVA, the University of Albany, Sacred Heart University, and St. Bonaventure told me they have resigned themselves to recruiting from their desk this summer. Most summer showcases are offering film packages. Recruits should take advantage of them as a way to target particular coaches by forwarding game film directly to the programs they’re interested in. 

Film can be a double-edged sword. In normal circumstances, players can take the best plays of the summer and condense them into a highlight reel. But, because coaches will not be physically present at these events, the organization that manages the showcase will forward game film to the coaches directly. Because of that, coaches have the option to rewind and re-watch positive OR NEGATIVE plays. Coaches are always looking for the complete player, in particular for how a player reacts to mistakes or bad calls. 

5. PREPARE TO ATTEND PROSPECT DAYS THIS FALL

Exposure is going to be key for high school athletes to be successfully recruited over the next six months as college coaches become clearer about their own recruiting process. One of the best ways for athletes to get direct exposure to the coaches of the programs they are interested in is to attend the program’s prospect days. Since prospect days are all-day events held on campus, it gives the coaching staff an in-depth introduction to potential recruits. It also gives the recruits an idea of what it would be like to play for that program. 

College programs usually have one or two prospect days set per fall season – although this year prospect days still remain a question mark about when, or if, they will have them. To make sure you’re on the cutting edge of this information, go to the program’s website of a school of interest. There you will see “Recruiting Questionnaire” in the menu bar. On that questionnaire, register an email address. This allows that program to email any new information to registered recruits concerning the program, including prospect days. With all the changes due to the current environment, there should be numerous emails sent to prospective recruits to keep them informed.

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Sports from professional to T-ball have been affected by this pandemic. March Madness was cancelled. The NBA season is in question. MLB is converting to a 60-game season. College football could still be cancelled this season. The Ivy League and NESCAC have cancelled sports until January. It’s important to recognize that this is a global pandemic, and that you are not alone in trying to understand the new recruiting landscape. In reality, there aren’t a lot of answers, but let’s not let it get the best of us. Be patient. Stay focused. Remain diligent. That’s how we will find success in the end.

Christian Buck specializes in academic and executive coaching through sport psychology. He is a professional affiliate of The Bertram Group and can be reached at  info@thebertramgroup.com

Full Day Play & Study Camp

 At The Plex PDX & Portland Indoor Soccer in Portland, OR   Hi families,   We hope that you are all doing well during these unprecedented times. With the recent news from the local schools about cancelling in person classes, we have decided to offer a new program to take advantage of our large buildings and expertise of running sports camps.  Our new program is a full day PLAY & STUDY CAMP that will be offered at The Plex (30,000 square feet) and Portland Indoor Soccer (20,000 square feet). We are now currently inviting you to create your own cohort group of 10 kids and this will be limited to 3 cohort groups at each facility. You can create your own group of 10 from friends, classmates, sports teams, etc.  

Our Full Day PLAY & STUDY CAMP will offer each group of 10 with their own study area in the facility and play area on our turf field. Our camp hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm with an option for early drop off at 8 am and late pick up at 5 pm. Each cohort group will have a dedicated coach to run all the play curriculum while not in online class. We will have a staff member to assist your child in online classes as well.    We are now accepting cohort groups from ages 5 – 12 years old. We prefer each group to be in the same grade and school as the scheduling will work out better for each group, but we are willing to work around any obstacles with your group.  The cost is $1200 per month for each child in the cohort group. If we do not fill all the cohort groups, we will be opening up daily sign ups starting on 8/10.   If you have any questions or think you might have a group of 10 for a cohort group at either of our facilities, please contact: Brian Childs (503) 297-4145 ext.2 admin@theplexpdx.com    
Sample Schedule (Subject to change as we will adjust for each cohort group to abide by their school schedule. If different school schedules, each child will be allowed to go to their designated study area and return to play curriculum when online class is not in session)  
8:00 Early drop off (optional)
9:00 – 9:30 Drop off starts and free time on the field
9:30 – 10:30 Class 1 distance learning
10:30 – 10:50 Play curriculum designed for each cohort group
10:50 – 11:50 Class 2 distance learning
11:50 – 12:20 Play curriculum designed for each cohort group
12:20 – 12:50 Lunch break
12:50 – 1:50 Class 3 distance learning
1:50 – 2:20 Arts & crafts project age appropriate for cohort group
2:20 – 3:20 Play curriculum designed for each cohort group
3:20 – 4:00 Study and complete any daily assignments
4:00 Pick up starts 5:00 Late pick up starts(optional)  

Program Highlights
Clean & Safe environmentLarge open facility (The Plex 30,000 square feet & Portland Indoor 20,000 square feet)
10/1 kid to coach ratio
Each cohort group of 10 will have their own socially distanced study and play area
Ability to customize curriculum to each cohort group
Socialization Physical Activity
Less stress on parents  

COVID – 19 Precautions  
Each cohort group will be no larger than 10 kids and will remain with the same kids and coach each day.
Each staff member will be screened and temperature check each day.
All kids will be screened and temperature check each day.
All staff and kids will be required to wear masks while indoors.  
Upon entry and exit from the building all staff and kids will apply hand sanitizer.
Frequent hand sanitizing and hand washing breaks for kids and coaches throughout the day. 
All kids will be reminded to keep hands to themselves, not touch their face, eyes, etc.
Each cohort group will have their own set of sports equipment and will be sanitized throughout the day.
All equipment will go through an additional deep cleaning process at the end of each day.
Each child will be asked to bring a water bottle to camp. 
We will NOT have the option to refill so we advise to bring multiple or larger water bottle.  
Family members will not be allowed to enter the facility. 
We will be offering both curbside and socially distanced drop off and pick up.
Each facility will keep windows and doors open to improve ventilation when weather allows.      
The Plex PDX – 8785 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Portland, OR 97225  
Portland Indoor Soccer – 418 SE Main Street. Portland, OR 97214  
To Register: Contact Brian Childs at (503) 297-4145 Ext. 2 or admin@theplexpdx.com    

USBOXLA Nationals Postponed.

The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) has officially postponed this year’s USBOXLA Nationals.

Previously scheduled for August in Huntington Beach, and then Labor Day in San Jose the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has again required a postponement of this event to a later date.   That date has yet to be determined.

Originally, USBOXLA officials were hopeful that the State of California and Santa Clara County would have reached the final phases of reopening by September, allowing for youth tournaments like the Nationals to take place.  Unfortunately, cases continue to climb and state, county and facility guidelines prohibit such a large scale indoor event.

USBOXLA is committed to hosting the Nationals in the future months but only if pandemic-related government requirements and re-opening regulations allow for an event like Nationals to be safely hosted. USBOXLA will not put any players, coaches, referees or other attendees in an unsafe or high-risk environment. 

About USBOXLA

The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) is the country’s largest and most recognized box-specific governing body operating today. USBOXLA is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation whose mission is to develop and promote box lacrosse in the United States through a unified organization that provides high-value services, programs, and benefits to its members. Founded in 2010 by current University of Denver Associate Head Coach, Matt Brown, and former National Lacrosse League player, Shaydon Santos, USBOXLA has grown from a small regional association to one that presently serves over 25,000 individual members all over the US, all playing box lacrosse the right way.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT YOUTH SPORTS RETURN IN AMERICA

LeagueSide survey results for youth sports return to play.
 
In early July, LeagueSide surveyed our national network of leagues and youth sports parents to learn about how 700 leagues and parents were approaching return to play. Here’s what we found:

1. 30% of youth sports organizations across the country are still at risk of shutting down due to COVID-19, while this is down from 47% in April, it’s still a significant number.

2. 53.3% of Spring leagues resumed play, but only 23.1% of those that have resumed have resumed with full play.

3. Of those that have not resumed play: 21.5% expected to resume this Summer, 58.5% expect to resume in Fall 2020, and 7.7% are suspended indefinitely.

4. Actions taken as a result of COVID: 29.5% of leagues cut programs, 26.2% cut scholarships or financial aid for players, 20.5% cut staff, 4.1% merged with another league, 63.9% cut other costs.

5. The most cited new league policies for returning to play are:

Social distancing (84.6%)
Restrict sharing of equipment (79.2%)
Sanitizing equipment frequently (77.7%)
Restrict spectators at practices/games (69.2%)
Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations (63.8%)
Temperature checks before games (50.0%)
Require audience to wear face masks (43.1%)
Require participants to wear face masks (28.5%)
No policies (7.7%)

6. 80.2% of parents said they WILL let their kids play youth sports if they begin throughout the summer – 90.4% if they begin in the fall

7. 86.5% of parents expect to receive a refund on their registration fee if a season was cancelled due to COVID

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Registration OPEN MONDAY JULY 27

Full refunds will be given if the VBI has to cancel due to COVID – 19 reasons.

This tournament sold out in the first week registration was open last year so make sure to save your spot when registration opens! 

REGISTER HERE FOR VBI 2020

The 2020 Vegas Box Invitational is set for December 18-20, 2020! The 4th annual VBI is going to be one for the ages. With unbelievable competition, immaculate facilities, great sponsors, and Vegas Strip deals this tournament is a can’t miss for your Fall/Winter Tournament schedules! Last year we hosted teams from Oregon, Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, Georgia, Texas, New York, California, Canada, and Utah.

Age Groups:

Grades 5th/6th

Grades 7th/8th

High School B (Grades 9th/10th)

High School A (Grades 11th/12th)

Locations:

1) Longevity Sports Center
5975 S Topaz St, Las Vegas, NV 89120
**NO CLEATS ALLOWED ON FACILITY TURF** Athletic, basketball, or turf shoes are required for participation!SURFACE – TURF
2 PADSWebsite: https://longevitysportscenter.com/

2) Las Vegas Roller Hockey Center800 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
**NO CLEATS ALLOWED ON Surface** Athletic, basketball, or turf shoes are required for participation!SURFACE – ROLLER HOCKEY (SPORT COURT)
1 PAD Website: http://www.lasvegasrollerhockey.com/

More info can be found on our website – www.lacrosseforce.com/vbi

Please let me know if you have any questions at all! 

VBI PROMO 2020 https://youtu.be/7-9VCaMhne8

US LACROSSE STANDS IN SUPPORT WITH IROQUOIS NATIONALS

 Press Release
 Jul 24, 2020
 DiversityEventsPress ReleaseTeam USAU.S. MenU.S. Under 19 MenU.S. Under 19 WomenU.S. WomenTeam USA Indoor

© Scott McCall

A petition calling for the Iroquois Nationals to be included in The World Games 2022, a multi-sport, Olympic-style event that is a separate entity from the world championships conducted by World Lacrosse, has recently been circulated on social media.

US Lacrosse has issued the following statement in support of the Iroquois Nationals on the matter:

US Lacrosse stands firmly in support of the Iroquois Nationals’ participation as a sovereign nation in international lacrosse competitions, including The World Games 2022. 

The Iroquois Nationals and the Haudenosaunee people they represent are the very essence of lacrosse. As the originators of the game who continue to share the gift of lacrosse with the world, they deserve our collective admiration, respect, and steadfast support. 

The Haudenosaunee have remained strong against the winds of oppression that have blown fiercely against them for centuries. Their inherent sovereignty has never been extinguished and, like other Native nations, they possess powers of self-government that remain strong today. 

The Iroquois Nationals are a testament to, and embodiment of, such strength; their participation in international lacrosse competition is as well-deserved as it is plainly right and just. The exclusion of the Iroquois Nationals from international competition is not merely a loss for the Haudenosaunee; it is a loss for all nations, communities, and individuals who have embraced their game and helped to make lacrosse into what it is today. 

US Lacrosse stands in solidarity with the Iroquois Nationals, we extend our hand in offering to assist them and international governing bodies of sport to forge pathways that enable their inclusion, and we encourage the global lacrosse community to come together in support of our Haudenosaunee allies.

Survey: Parents More Concerned About Their Kids Returning To Sports

Posted by SGB Executive | Jul 15, 2020 | FeatureSGB Executive

By Thomas J. Ryan

Only 53 percent of parents expect their child to resume sports activity at the same or higher amount when current COVID-19 restrictions are removed, according to a new national survey from the Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative and Utah State University. That’s down from 70 percent in early May from a similar survey by North Carolina State University in partnership with Project Play. Read SGB Media’s coverage here.

In the new survey of 2,603 adults, conducted online from June 1 to 26, only half of the parents said they are extremely or slightly comfortable with their child playing community-based sports when restrictions are lifted. In the early-May survey, two-thirds of parents were comfortable with their child playing locally. And just 44 percent of parents now are comfortable with their child participating in travel, elite and club competitions against teams located outside their city or county, down from 52 percent in May.

“It is striking how quickly parents have reevaluated their priorities for their children in youth sport,” said Dr. Travis Dorsch, study director and founding director of the Families in Sport Lab at Utah State University, in a statement. “Although parents held high hopes at the initial stages of the pandemic for a relatively quick return to normal, the extension of youth sport-related restrictions into the summer seems to have parents rethinking the widely accepted model of competitive youth sports in America.”

The survey arrives as the national death toll due to the coronavirus has declined from May to late June, but the virus is now accelerating through several states, notably Texas, Florida, California, and Arizona. Public health officials report a surge in new cases and increases in hospitalizations and in the percentage of tests that are positive.

Project Play’s most recent survey showed six out of 10 parents view their child getting sick as a barrier to resuming sports, and five out of 10 worry they personally will become ill. Black and Asian parents expressed the greatest fear of illness. They were also the least likely to expect their child to resume sports at the same or higher amount (40 percent Asians, 42 percent Blacks, 47 percent Hispanics, 59 percent Whites). Black Americans have experienced the highest COVID-19 death rates – about 2.3 times higher than Whites and Asians, who have the lowest rates, according to the APM Research Lab.

Higher-Income Households More Confident On Sports Return
Sixty percent of parents who make more than $100,000 annually said their child will resume sports at the same or higher level, compared to 55 percent making between $50,000-$99,999 and 44 percent earning under $50,000. The wealthiest parents reported their child spends about 2½ more hours per week in sports activities (free play, games, practices, and virtual training) during the pandemic than low-income families; before COVID-19, the gap was about 40 minutes per week in favor of the wealthiest.

“It is worth noting that COVID-19-related restrictions may be further widening the gap between those without access to free play, organized training and competitive opportunities,” said Dr. Jordan Blazo, an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University and co-investigator on the study. “The pandemic has really highlighted income-driven disparities in access, whether that be to open play spaces, safe training facilities or avenues through which to compete.”

Survey respondents on average reported spending $928 annually on their child’s sports participation. Sixteen percent of parents identified family finances as the most likely reason their child would stop playing sports, behind health risks (48 percent) and new interests developed by the child (23 percent).

By far, costs (36 percent) are the No. 1 element of youth sports that parents have missed the least during the pandemic, followed by travel (18 percent), extra logistical responsibilities (15 percent), and time spent on the sport (15 percent). This may suggest that parents are ready for more affordable and local sports experiences if they are provided a quality alternative.

Kids Spending Less Time On Sports
Parents reported their child’s time spent on sports has fallen to about seven hours per week during the pandemic – a 48 percent decline from before the lockdown. Kids are participating less in free play (down 32 percent), practices (down 60 percent) and games (down 67 percent). A recent study by the University of Wisconsin found that 65 percent of adolescent athletes reported anxiety symptoms in May, with 25 percent suffering moderate or severe anxiety. Physical activity was down 50 percent.

According to the Project Play survey, when kids do play now, they’re more likely to participate in individual sports such as wrestling, skateboarding, swimming, golf, bicycling, and tennis. Many of those sports and activities allow for more physical distancing than team sports, which could continue to suffer until the virus is controlled or a vaccine is developed and made widely available.

Virtual Training Gains Traction
Virtual training is the one area of sports where youth are currently more involved, with a 16 percent increase in time spent during the pandemic. But families making under $50,000 are only seeing slight increases in virtual training compared to larger growth in this area by wealthier families.

Some sports are benefitting more than others from virtual training. Parents of wrestlers reported the largest time increase spent on online platforms since the shutdown, followed by skiing/snowboarding, gymnastics, volleyball, swimming, martial arts, ice hockey, bicycling, softball, and tennis. Whereas boys spent more time on virtual training before COVID-19, now girls are using it slightly more frequently than boys.

Other findings from the survey results include:

  • Approximately half of the parents reported that their child has participated in new recreational or sports activities during the pandemic. Of those, more than half tried two or more activities. Six out of 10 parents said they believe their child will continue with that new activity once organized sports return. Project Play said this could be a sign that multisport sampling gets a boost from the shutdown – a period when kids have time to try different sports on their own terms;
  • Almost 9 out of 10 parents rated positive physical and mental health as desirable outcomes for their child in sports. Parents’ desire for competition (62 percent) was ranked notably lower than all other outcome goals including fun, peer relationships, social skills, and sport skills;
  • Only 19 percent of parents said they view their child’s lack of interest in sports since the shutdown as a barrier in them returning to play. Still, that’s slightly up from 18 percent in early May, and any industry that could lose 1 of its 5 existing customers faces a challenge.
  • Parents in the Northeast reported they are significantly more likely to spend money on youth sports when restrictions are lifted than any other region. They were also more likely to suggest that their child would return at a higher participation level than before, and they expressed the most concern about their child losing interest in sports. Parents in the Midwest were least fearful of their child becoming ill by returning to sports.
  • Urban children have returned to playing games at significantly higher rates than suburban and rural children. Prior to the pandemic, rural children spent slightly more time on games and competition than other youth. Now, urban parents reported their child spends twice as much time on games and competition (1.7 hours per week) than rural kids (0.82), though the amount of time has significantly dropped for all kids. Rural parents were more likely to be undecided about how much their child would play sports when restrictions are lifted.

The full survey is here.

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