Awards & Engraving

March '16

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80 • A&E MARCH 2016 The numbers… 6.7 million youth participants in 2014.* Share of participants who play in a league: 55.8%* TEAM SPORTS: THE BUSINESS OF CHAMPIONS The Numbers on Baseball The team sports world has a rich history of recognizing its athletes. From large column trophies for the champions to gold, silver and bronze medals, awards are a symbol of the ultimate achievement in the sports world. Are you capitalizing on this market? Each month, we'll highlight the numbers on a specific sport that prove why you should be. Casual vs. Core Participation 2014 1-12 times/year vs. 13+ times/year: 67.3% 42.6% of baseball core participants are between the ages of 6 and 12. Participation by Gender in 2014* Male: 80.9% Female: 19.1% Casual Core *Numbers courtesy Mike May, communications consultant with Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) The inside scoop… " Baseball is still thriving and is considered one of the top three sports in the awards industry. Customers tend to stick with trophies and plaques… but some customers will opt for the optical crystal awards. " —Linda Tran, Topmost World Inc. Bet you didn't know… Baseball is a leader in core participation and has strong scholastic influence as well as the benefit of keeping participants involved into adult and even senior leagues. IMAGE COURTESY MARCO AWARDS GROUP Baseball

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