Over the past decade or so, the steady decline of officials and participants involved in youth sports has increased at a staggering rate. The problem has gotten so bad, that several areas and sports have had to limit the number of teams, games, and sporting events they are able to offer.
75% of youth athletes quit sports by the age of 14. To compound the issue, 80% of rookie referees are quitting after two years. These problems face parents, coaches, athletes, and athletic administrators.
Study after study shoes the number one reason youth athletes leave a sport is simply because they are no longer having fun. Plus, the number one reason referees are leaving their positions is because of the way they are treated by coaches and parents.