National Youth Football Study

In 2006, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) was awarded a grant to develop a national inventory of agency contacts and related data for rectangular fields used for youth football (and often other sports), as well as youth football program providers. Through this grant from USA Football, national findings and analysis related to field data, ownership factors, public agency budgets (overall expenses and cost recovery), and youth football participation are now available.

NRPA used this outreach effort to identify agency contacts, facilities and programs to aid research that can advance advocacy, strategic partnerships, and provide contacts for program and/or facility grants. NRPA contracted with a national management-consulting firm, GreenPlay, to oversee the project and research. GreenPlay also utilized the services of Design Concepts, RRC Associates, and Geowest. These firms performed the level of service analysis, mapping, national webbased surveying, and athletic fields assessment.

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