Fewer children in the United States are playing team-based sports, and the trend is making national headlines. While there is no complete agreement as to the predominant reason for this trend, it is clear that a national conversation on this problem has begun, and Cooperative Extension holds the potential for getting kids back in the game. At its core, this conversation is about the healthful development of our children and their advancement as contributors to society. Cooperative Extension has decades of experience creating a "playbook" for youth development, and it is time to put that playbook into action.
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Martin, P. D., & Kaufman, E. K. (2017). Double Play: The Need for 4-H to Partner in Youth Sports. The Journal of Extension, 55(5), Article 20. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.05.20