Monday , 23 April 2018

McKinney Youth Football Enrollment Steady Despite Drop Nationally

mckinney sports connectionDespite a drop in enrollment nation-wide in tackle football, enrollment in youth football in McKinney has remained steady, the director of McKinney Sports Connection said.

Paul Anderson, Director of McKinney Sports Connection, said the league fielded 54 teams this year in several different age groups, and enrollment the past two years has remained steady between 1,000 and 1,200.

Last month Pop Warner Football, the largest youth football organization in the country, announced enrollment fell by 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012. The league lost a total of 23, 612 players from 2010 to 2012, with enrollment falling from 248,899 in 2010 to 225,287 in 2012.

The league cites concerns over concussion-related injuries as the main reason youth football has seen a decline in enrollment.

But Ian Wyatt of the McKinney Yellow Jackets — an organizations that plays several sports — said he has not seen a change in enrollment despite what national numbers show.

Wyatt, who noted McKinney Sports Connection handles registration for the league, said the sixth-grade level grew from 12 teams last year to 16 teams this year.

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