Sports Preferences

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Changes in Sports Participation

According to the 2018 Sports and Fitness Industry Association Topline Report, several sports had some interesting changes in participation. 

Football: Flag football reported a 3.4% increase in core participation while touch football reported a 7.1% decrease. This represents a steady fall since 2013. Many believe the loss of players in touch football are related to continued concerns over the safety of the sport.

Baseball: The sport of baseball has increased in popularity in both core and casual participation. Casual participation has increased 9.5% over 2017 – the second highest of any of the team sports reported by SFIA.

Soccer: Core participation in soccer dropped 4.3% last year and has more than one million less players than in 2013.

Rugby: Rugby has increased in both core and casual participation by over 5% in each category. Leading theories indicated both rugby and lacrosse are picking up players lost by touch football.

To learn more, visit the SFIA website and read the full report.


Caitlyn is from South New Jersey and came to the Tampa Bay Area in 2013. Her background is a versatile combination of hospitality, education, medical, and retail experience. She began her path in HR almost 4 years ago with a focus on recruitment in various industries. Caitlyn is a people person who loves connecting and helping others.

She enjoys the long summers of Florida in the outdoors gardening at home and hanging out at the beach.

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