Youth and Recreational Sports Activities Returning Quickly Across Most Canadian Provinces According to Latest Industry Data
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– TeamSnap has seen a surge in activities being scheduled in July and August –
Monday July 13, 2020 - TeamSnap, the leader in sports management technology, released new Canadian data that shows youth and recreational sports activities are returning much quicker than expected across most provinces.
The top platform for scheduling sports events has seen a significant surge in activities being scheduled across Canada in July and August as teams and organizations return to play. TeamSnap attributes the increase in activities to teams and sports organizations offering compressed training schedules and doubling up on certain activities as provinces open up after the COVID-19 shutdown.
With the increase in activities, Canada is now mirroring levels in the United States where the resumption of sports began in April and May.
TeamSnap established its Return to Sport Index based on a mix of anonymized user data along with national projections from partnering sports organizations. The data is presented as a percentage to provide province-by-province and sport-by-sport trends across Canada compared to the same 28-day period in 2019.
Key Canadian Findings
- All provinces have seen a dramatic spike in youth and recreational team sports activities being scheduled in July and August
- The majority of the activities scheduled (80%) are classified as “practices” or “skills sessions” with 20% listed as games and tournaments.
- While July and August are traditionally slower periods for youth sports, many teams and organizations have compressing schedules and doubled activities and training to make up for lost activities from the COVID-19 shutdown.
- Outdoor sports Baseball and Softball have highest number of events scheduled across Canada – showing a Return Index of 100% in every province except Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia
- Indoor sports show the lowest Return to Sport Index, with Basketball at 54.5%
- Hockey has a Return to Sport index of 102% compared to traditional activity in July
Return to Sport trends Canada vs United States
TeamSnap has more than 3 million users in Canada, with Canadian athletes, families and sports organizations leveraging the platform to schedule and organize team activities. TeamSnap has partnerships with many Canadian sports organizations including Hockey Canada, Softball BC and Ontario Volleyball.
About the Return to Sport Index
The live heat map provides inside insights on how sports organizations, coaches and managers are scheduling teams and scheduling events (practices, games and tournaments). Developed by TeamSnap’s team of in-house data scientists, the Return to Sport Index is derived from a mix of anonymized user data along with national projections from partnering sports organizations. The data will be frequently analyzed and presented as a percentage to provide province-by-province and sport-by-sport trends across Canada compared to the same 28-day period in 2019.
The interactive site will also include a number of supporting resources and tools from the Aspen Institute Project Play, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the PLAY Sports Coalition. Sports organizations, teams, athletes and families can use the site to share local information, insights and personal reflections on their own return to sport. Updates will be available at www.teamsnap.com/return-to-sports
Since our formation in 2009, TeamSnap has been single-mindedly focused on taking the work out of play. Over 22 million coaches, administrators, players and parents rely on TeamSnap’s powerful and easy-to-use tools for communication, scheduling, payment collection and registration, organizing every sport and group activity in the world. For more information, visit www.TeamSnap.com.
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