Mar 31 2011
Those damn video games! (Cranky Old man voice) Nowadays kids are turning into little fat-boys and couch potato’s and not playing Little League Baseball. That’s a shame.
Little League Baseball, which covers kids aged 4 to 18, had about two million kids playing in the U.S. last year, compared to about 2.5 million in 1996—an overall decline of 25%. Those are some pretty hefty numbers.
What I want to know is what the hell are these kids doing instead of playing baseball or other sports? Drugs, Video Games, Drugs?
From 2000 to 2009, the latest year for which figures are available, the number of kids aged 7 to 17 playing baseball fell 24%, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. Despite growing concerns about the long-term effects of concussions, participation in youth tackle football has soared 21% over the same time span, while ice hockey jumped 38%. The Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, another industry trade group, said baseball participation fell 12.7% for the overall population.
“The days of kids being born with a glove next to their ear in the crib and boys playing catch in the backyard by age three, those are over,” said Len Coleman, the former president of the National League.
Damn those are some pretty hard hitting words, I remember back in the day when I wasn’t too floppy, I’d be outside from 10am (after breakfast and in between lunch of course) until the sun went down either playing wiffle ball, baseball, or trading baseball cards.
It’s funny I came about this report, I was saying the other day to a few of my buddies, “where the hell are all the kids these days, no ones outside anymore?”
I think the lack of kids playing baseball, and any other outdoorsy activities has to do with the increase in Floppy children recently.
Health professionals have described it as a national epidemic. About nine million kids are affected. That amounts to 15 percent of American children, aged 6 to 11 years, who are considerably overweight. This number has actually tripled in the past 30 years. And the rates for obesity are actually greater for minority children. Over 25 percent of Black and Hispanic kids are overweight.
Yikes, me being a fatty myself find it odd I mean I love playing sports and anything that has to do sports, what have these kids found out that I didn’t back in the day?
C’mon parents get out and get those fat kids of yours to put down the PS3 controllers and force them outside. Apparently you aint’ parents. (Eminem Voice)