The Road to Becoming a Sports Parent

Club baseball and softball teams travel over 1,200 miles per year on average, according to data from GameChanger. We dug into our data of over 550k teams to find out what it takes to be a ‘Road Warrior’ sports parent.

Being a sports parent is incredibly rewarding but our data shows that it also takes a lot of dedication and time on the road.
GameChanger used anonymized data from 2017 - 2019 to find the below information.
We did not use 2020 due to the effects the pandemic had on schedules, canceled season, etc.
Average Amount of Travel
The average club baseball/softball team travels over 1,200 miles a year.
Travel by Age Group
The average amount of travel increases as kids get older.
Top 5 States Where Youth Teams Travel the Most
A team from Nantucket, MA is GC’s ‘most traveled’ team having participated in tournaments in California and Oklahoma.
Baseball vs Softball: Average Miles Traveled
Softball teams travel about 38% more on average than baseball teams.
About GameChanger
GameChanger empowers youth athletes, coaches, and families to stay connected through scorekeeping, team management tools, developmental resources, and live game streaming. Available on iOS, Android, and the web, GameChanger covers over 4 million games and over 550,000 teams a year, making them the leader in their space. The app’s live streaming and team management technology is available for all youth sports, with deep stats and scorekeeping capability for baseball, softball, and basketball. GameChanger is based in New York City and is proudly part of the DICK’s Sporting Goods family.
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