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MOUNT PROSPECT, IL â€“ Snowboarding, off-road mountain biking, target shooting and salt water fishing are the leaders in sports participation in some of the largest states, according to an analysis of data contained in â€œSports Participation in 2005 â€“ State-by-State,â€ a report published annually by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA).
The largest, California with 11.4% of the nation’s population, favors snowboarding as its No. 1 sport, with an index of 203, which means that Californians are approximately twice as likely to snowboard as Americans as a whole. New York (6.6%) is even more into snowboarding, with an index of 213. For both states, those are the only surveyed sports and activities with indices of 200 or more.
The 11 largest states â€“ California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas â€“ account for 56.5% of the nation’s population.
NSGA’s Sports Participation index indicates how likely it would be for a person in a given state to participate in a specific sport or activity. In the NSGA Index, the national average for each sport or activity equals 100. The index is created by dividing a state’s percentage of participants in a particular activity by its percentage of the U.S. population and then multiplying by 100.
For example, Illinois accounts for 4.3% of the U.S. population and 5.4% of basketball players, which results in an index of 126.
Michigan (3.5% of the U.S. population) and Illinois both favored off-road mountain biking as their favorite activity, Michigan with an index of 202, Illinois at 198.
Target shooting is the favorite activity in both Texas (7.2% of the U.S. population) and Ohio (4.0%). The participation index for target shooting in Texas is 120, 134 in Ohio.
Not surprisingly, coastal states Florida (6.2% of the U.S. population) and North Carolina (3.0%) ranked salt-water fishing as their favorite. Florida’s index for salt-water fishing in 2005 was 339, the highest index for any of the largest states in any surveyed activity. North Carolina’s salt-water fishing participation index was 167.
The favorite sports and activities for the other largest states are: Georgia, water skiing, 185; New Jersey, downhill skiing, 200; and Pennsylvania, football, 204.
In compiling this study, NSGA analyzed state-by-state participation for the following 37 activities: Aerobics, archery (target), backpacking/wilderness camping, baseball, basketball, bicycle riding, billiards/pool, boating (motor/power), bowhunting, bowling, camping, exercising with equipment, exercise walking, fishing (fresh water), fishing (salt water), football (tackle), golf, hiking, hunting with firearms, inline skating, kayaking/rafting, off-road mountain biking, paintball games, running/jogging, scooter riding, skateboarding, skiing (Alpine), snowboarding, soccer, softball, swimming, target shooting, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, and workout at a club.
The survey is available to NSGA members for $285.00. Non-members pay $325.00. For more information, contact the NSGA Research Department, 847-296-6742; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1929, NSGA’s mission is to help all members profit in a competitive marketplace. The Association organizes and hosts the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, the sporting goods industry’s premier educational and networking event (Next: May 22-25, 2005, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson, Ariz.).
For more information on NSGA member services, visit the Association home page (www.nsga.org); call Rhonda Onuszko at NSGA, (847) 296-6742, Ext. 131; e-mail: email@example.com; or fax (847) 391-9827.
Sports Participation in 2005
Ranked by Index
Scooter Riding 176
Salt Water Fishing 339
Bicycle Riding 141
Off-road Mt. Biking 198
Inline Skating 183
Off-road Mt. Biking 202
Power Boating 167
Freshwater Fishing 150
Target Archery 147
New Jersey (2.9%)
Alpine Skiing 200
Salt Water Fishing165
Off-road Mt. Biking147
Workout at Club 127
New York (6.6%)
Inline Skating 158
North Carolina (3.0%)
Salt Water Fishing 167
Water Skiing 129
Hunting w/Firearms 161
Salt Water Fishing 138
Target Archery 136
Target Shooting 120
Hunting w/Firearms 109
Target Archery 99
*Percent of U.S. Population
SOURCE: National Sporting Goods Association