Date of Award

Summer 5-31-2023

Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration



First Advisor

Lana Huberty


This study was designed to research the declining participation numbers of youths, ages 5 to 18, in organized sports in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Specifically, this study would look into reasons as to why youth sport participation numbers are on the decline. While the total number of youth athletes are difficult to ascertain, it is known that from 2008 to 2019 the total number of athletes participating in youth sports have been in decline for both male and female athletes (“From 2008”, 2021) Participants will take home a survey that they can complete on their own or with a parent or guardian and return it to their school. Eight schools in Minneapolis were chosen to participate in this study: four elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. These schools were chosen from all areas of Minneapolis to reflect the different diverse demographics of Minneapolis. It will be important to have schools that have various student ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and neighborhoods. This study is theoretical in nature and has not been completed. The results will not be known due to this fact.