BOULDER, Colo., August 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – TeamSnap, which provides cutting-edge sports management and communication software for amateur sport, today released the results of its research study conducted in collaboration with The Aspen InstituteSports & Society Program, Families in the sports lab at Utah State University, andLouisiana University of Technology‘s Minds in Motion Lab, exploring the effects of the pandemic on youth and youth sports. The study showed significant results on the link between youth sports and mental health, with 9 in 10 parents (89%) citing mental health as the main reason their children participate in youth sports , and the majority of parents (52%) reporting that their children’s mental health and fitness has declined during the pandemic.
This proprietary research will help shape the growing conversation about the important role of sport in youth development and the far-reaching negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This study marks the latest milestone in TeamSnap’s leadership around this issue, following the announcement of a $ 1 million donate to improve access to sports for young people, a influx of top talent to the company, and a strategic investment by Waud Capital.
The main results of the study include:
- Mental health and fitness have declined among young people: More than half of parents surveyed said their children’s mental health (52%) and fitness (53%) had declined during the pandemic, and nearly half of parents said emotional control (48%) ) and the social well-being (45%) of their children had declined. as well as.
- Fun, mental health and fitness are the top three goals of parents for youth sport: Parents say the most important outcome of playing sports is having fun (95% of respondents), closely followed by support for mental health (89%) and improvement in physical fitness (88%). However, parents reported that their children’s achievement of these goals during the pandemic was significantly lower, with only about half of parents (54%) saying their children were doing very well, and even less (52 %) stating that their children were doing very well. well with the support of mental health and improvement of physical fitness.
- Social distancing and blocks have increased children’s screen time: The pandemic had significant effects on the activities children were involved in, as their time spent in organized sport, free play, school and with friends decreased significantly (69%, 60%, 68 % and 72% of parents respectively), while their screen time increased dramatically. In fact, 8 in 10 parents (82%) said their children’s screen time increased or significantly increased during the pandemic.
- Community responses to COVID-19 were viewed more favorably than national responses: The further an entity is from a family, the less satisfied parents are with their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost 3 in 4 parents (74%) were satisfied with their child’s coach response to the pandemic, while only 40% were satisfied with their state’s response, and even fewer (33%) were satisfied with their country’s response.
âThroughout the pandemic, the abrupt hiatus from youth athletics has left children without an environment to reunite with their friends and teammates. Unfortunately, the isolation of this period had negative impacts on the mental health, fitness and emotional well-being of this emerging generation of bright and talented young athletes, âsaid Pierre Frintzilas, CEO of TeamSnap. “By exploring these impacts with the help of two universities and the Aspen Institute, we aim to better understand how the lives of members of our sport communities have changed, so that we can be an even more valuable resource to support parents. to have children away from the screen and back in the field. “
“Through this study, we learned a lot about the impact of the pandemic on the lives of young athletes, as well as the link between organized sports, social development and general well-being,” said Tom farrey, executive director of the Sports and Society program at the Aspen Institute. âAs the world gradually opens up and youth sports return to full swing, we hope to provide our partners, including TeamSnap, with practical tools to influence their users and surrounding communities to participate in athletics. of young people an arena of inclusion and fun. ”
TeamSnap provides end-to-end solutions for real-time communication, scheduling, payment collection, registration and game sharing through its proprietary software platform and mobile apps. By removing work from the game, TeamSnap has become the trusted platform for 25 million coaches, administrators, players and parents.
The survey, hosted and distributed by Qualtrics International, Inc. in Provo, Utah, was a study-designed instrument built by key TeamSnap stakeholders, through scientific consultation with thought leaders from the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society program and Dr. Travis Dorsch, associate professor and founding director of Families in Sport Lab at Utah State University and dr. Jordan blazo, assistant professor of kinesiology at Louisiana University of Technology. This survey was conducted online among TeamSnap users within United States and Canada of April 13 – May 3, 2021, among 2,097 parents, adults aged 18 and over.
Since its inception in 2009, TeamSnap has strived to take work out of the game. 25 million coaches, administrators, players and parents rely on TeamSnap’s powerful and easy-to-use tools for communication, planning, collecting payments and registration, organizing all sports and group activities in the world. For more information visit https://www.teamsnap.com/.
About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and political studies organization based in Washington DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values ââand to provide a non-partisan place to address critical issues. The Institute is based at Washington DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the river Wye on from Maryland East Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
About Project Play
Project Play is an initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society program, whose mission is to bring leaders together, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest. Since 2013, Project Play has guided the national conversation around what
good look like in youth sports. Hundreds of organizations have used Project Play frameworks and ideas to introduce programs, expand grantmaking, shape government policies, advance research, and develop tools to train coaches, empower parents, and engage. the leaders. For more information, visit www.ProjectPlay.us.
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