ESPN Poll: Most Parents Have Concern About State of Youth Sports

“Geschke said, ‘If you lose the mothers on that one, we’re done.'”

A nationally representative survey of parents released Friday shows broad and often deep concern about the state of youth sports, on topics ranging from concussion risks to the costs of participation, though no issue drew more unease than the coaches who work with children.

More than eight in 10 parents with children old enough to play sports say they are concerned about the “quality or behavior” of youth coaches, with 61 percent calling it a “big concern,” according to results from an ESPN Sports Poll of households conducted during the month of September.

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