Impact of COVID-19 on Willingness to Travel for Youth Sports
Parent feelings regarding their willingness to travel impacts their perceptions toward the 12 adaptations. When looking at parent responses for those who participate in travel sports that require more than 50 miles of travel from home, 38% reported that the current pandemic makes them less willing to travel and more likely to seek opportunities to compete closer to home. In contrast, 60% reported the pandemic had no impact on their travel plans, while 2% reported the pandemic makes them more willing to travel than before.
Travel parents less willing to travel during the pandemic are represented by the dot in Figure 4, while travel parents not changing their travel plans are represented at the end of the dotted line. Figure 4 shows that travel parents less willing to travel perceive all 12 adaptations in a more positive light, and their inclusion will add to their satisfaction. In contrast, travel parents who are not less likely to travel during the pandemic have a lower left drift for each adaptation, feeling more indifferent about each adaptation.