Suburban youth baseball and softball coaches can expect to find fewer players on the ball fields this summer, according to many league directors.
And while the finger can be pointed at everything from the recession to competition from other sports, experts increasingly are blaming children’s habitual video game playing as a key reason why droves are ignoring America’s No. 1 pastime.
And the better children get at video games and more used to the fast-paced action they get, the less likely they’ll give them up to play the real game, experts say.
“Instead of going out to play sandlot baseball, kids today are content to sit in front of a computer to play a video game,” said Rich Honack, a professor at Kellogg School of Management.