Column: Team sports have positive effects on children

An important youth development activity is looking to end a recent losing streak.

Participation in organized youth sports leagues for baseball, football, basketball and soccer declined by 4 percent between 2008-12, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

National experts speculate on several reasons for this decline including the squeeze on family finances caused by the recession, increased concern about injury and too many kids playing video games instead of the real thing.

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