Goodell encouraged by increase in youth football participation

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A decline in youth football participation had been viewed by many as a danger sign for the sport and the NFL, but last year that trend reversed, and Commissioner Roger Goodell was pleased.

Goodell noted at a New York Times forum that more young people played football in 2015 than in 2014.

“We saw a higher number of people playing the game last year on the youth level,” Goodell said.

According to USA Football, participation in flag football increased among 6-14-year-olds by 8.7 percent, and participation in tackle football increased by 1.9 percent in the same age group. That happened at a time when soccer and basketball participation declined.

The same trend was seen among high school age players, with flag football up 10.5 percent and tackle football up 2.5 percent, again a higher growth rate than basketball or soccer.

It’s worth noting that flag football participation is increasing faster than tackle football participation, which suggests that concerns about safety are real. Still, it’s a data point that suggests the future of football doesn’t fit the doom and gloom narrative.

34 responses to “Goodell encouraged by increase in youth football participation

  1. Sad to say that, starting this fall, freshman (9th grade) tackle football has been eliminated in its entirety in Western New York….not enough players to field teams.

  2. So that’s why the NFL looks more and more like Youth Football every year?

    I think I’m finally starting to see where this is all headed.

  3. Dear Colin Kaepernick,

    America wants to thank you. Because of your efforts, because of your insulting America, many football fans decided that they had had enough of Liberals crapping on our country and so they elected Donald Trump.

    Dear Roger Goodell, Thank-you for doing nothing to stop Kaepernick and his ilk.

    Our debt to you both is immeasurable.

  4. Lol this dude is so full of himself thinking that he controls everything regarding football. The best day in pro football history will be the day Goodell is no longer working for the league

  5. Now would be a good time for the NFL to set a good example for the youth of America. Now would be the perfect time for the NFL to finally release the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season.

    By releasing the PSI information from the 2015 season the NFL can finally demonstrate their support for the integrity of the game.

    The youth, and many adults, will also get a much needed lesson in science when the information shows that footballs always lose PSI when taken outside on cold days.

    If the information shows that footballs always lose PSI on cold days then the NFL can then demonstrate its support of fairness and integrity. The NFL can display fairness and integrity by giving the Patriots back their stolen 2016 1st round draft pick. Letting the Patriots have the pick for the 2017 draft. A year late would be better than never.

    The NFL can also throw in an extra 1st round pick or two as compensation for making the Patriots wait a year for the pick and for making Tom Brady miss 25% of the 2016 season.

    For those who want to see the science without waiting for the NFL to do what is right… a video was posted on the popular online video site. Just search for: “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  6. The next stop for the NFL is going to be “Everybody wins!”

    Your 16-0! Your 16-0! Your 16-0! 16-0 for everyone!

    You are all Super Bowl Champions!

    and you are all fined 12K because those socks are too long.
    OK who wants a Juicy Juice?

  7. Flag football is nothing but a bridge to an end for the NFL. It offers and confirms the fears of the soccer mom, and the motivations of the lawyer.

    The stat is bad Rog

  8. I’m encouraged by the continued decline in TV ratings, because it shows fans are tired of the NFL and their BS. Like many others, I love football, but this year I have really begun to despise the league. The only way change will happen is if the bottom line is affected. We seem to be moving toward that.

  9. Roger and Colin, and some others have managed to change people’s vision of football. It is now a game that we can live with. I thought I would die if I didn’t my weekly dose of this game. No. Doing just fine. Have not tuned in yet and I’m not going to. And wait until America’s most disliked team get to the Super Bowl as Gaga takes the field. Ruined.

  10. Still getting smoked by the increase of youth participation in SOCCER.

    And why are people even mentioning Kaep? Sure cry about Liberals being too PC, but 3 months later, you Conservative crybabies keep complaining about. Everyone needs to stop drinking the political pandering kool-aid. Neither party cares about YOU.

  11. This guy is delusional. It has been quickly declining since the 00s, and now there’s a slight increase. As stated, many high schools are doing away with some of their programs. Our community used to have Freshman, JV and Varsity. JV is being discontinued.

  12. …..Remember when ‘kill-the-man-with-the-ball’ was THE best lunchtime game in elementry school?…..it was awesome!…but then a kid here, a kid there, would get a arm broken and schools banned it from the playgrounds forever. Sadly this is what’s happening with real football and the NFL………

  13. billsfan says:
    Nov 11, 2016 10:32 AM

    But, he suspended little Tommy, 4 games, for “juicing”
    i.e., too many drink boxes, in one day.
    —————————————————————

    That would make more sense than suspending a player for 4 games because of something that the weather does.

    If you are a Bills fan living in Buffalo then you must experience the need to add air to your car tires when the weather turns from warm to cold.

  14. It wasn’t that long ago when an NFL player would have to be in an actual coma before he was removed from a game. Now, they’re taken out of a game just for looking silly or having some drool on their lip. Don’t kid yourselves by thinking youth football is actually football. It isn’t even close. It’s just Goodell freaking out about the talent pool of upcoming players disappearing like the arctic shelves.

  15. My Grandson plays 6th grade football. Just this year they played one team that had only 12 players, another that had only 13. One game was even canceled because the team could not field 11.
    Two schools in the same league did not have enough players to even have a fourth grade team.

  16. My theory: Kids tried soccer and realized IT”S THE MOST BORING SPORT IN THE WORLD! Parents couldn’t bear another year of watching lil Jonny running back and forth or just simply standing there. Now I’m a certified Goodell hater so I think he was clutching at straws here. His biggest concern best be ratings dropping because that will hit owners in the wallet. We all know THAT will be Goodells ticket to unemployment.

  17. “jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Nov 11, 2016 10:35 AM
    …..Remember when ‘kill-the-man-with-the-ball’ was THE best lunchtime game in elementry school?…..it was awesome!…but then a kid here, a kid there, would get a arm broken and schools banned it from the playgrounds forever. Sadly this is what’s happening with real football and the NFL………”
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    All it takes is one lawsuit or the threat of a suit. Conservatives like truckinmack blame the “PC world” and “everyone gets a trophy millennials”. However, the true culprits are the lawyers and greed.

  18. Glad you didn’t post about his laughable comments about Trump making his role harder regarding domestic violence. Yeah you really showed some toughness giving Josh Brown that hefty 1 game suspension. Fire this turd! Owners; We know he’s just your puppet but the fans and players hate him so please just hire a new one because in reality, that hate stems from your poor decision to keep this man at the helm.

  19. “It’s worth noting that flag football participation is increasing faster than tackle football participation, which suggests that concerns about safety are real.”

    I think it’s more that flag football is a better alternative for smaller kids. My son is among the smallest kids in his class, tried pop warner, but just wasn’t big enough to be effective. However, he’s a top player in his flag league.

    In addition, where I live in NJ, flag football is huge among non-black minorities. I would say that around 50% of the league is made up of Asian and Asian Indian kids. A parent has said to me that he likes flag better as an intro, so that BOTH the parent and his kid can learn the game more easily before trying tackle.

  20. All I have to say is ,when was the last time a commissioner of the NFL bragged about youth flag football numbers ? Did it know HS flag football even existed. Wow!!!!! That must be thrilling to watch

  21. granadafan says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    All it takes is one lawsuit or the threat of a suit. Conservatives like truckinmack blame the “PC world” and “everyone gets a trophy millennials”. However, the true culprits are the lawyers and greed.

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    I coached youth football grade 4-8 for about 12 years (and I stopped @ 5 years ago). In our community football is still going great guns. I think the concern and protections from concussions has actually improved support.

    As for PC, there is a lot of Liberal nonsense we Conservatives tolerate, but we draw the line at our country and our flag. Any business that chooses to pretend otherwise is going to lose business.

  22. I’ve read that if 10% of the kids stop playing football the NFL is done. As it is now, three talent level of today’s game has decreased immensely.

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