How does your age, affect the amount of time spend playing sports?

This topic is important to us because we spend a lot of time playing sports. We wanted to know if we won’t be able to play as much as we get older. We will be able to see how playing sports helps our education or effects it.

       Many people want to do sports so that it can help them out with their college applications, but as you get older and further in your high school education you get busier and it's harder for you to manage your free time. This type of information can help us when we get older and get to college, as well as help younger kids who are interested in joining teams for sports that they like to play. Many students would like to know:

Does school work get in the way of our time playing sports? As we get older, do we spend more or less time playing sports? We want to know if the amount of school work affects whether or not we will be able to play as much as we already do as 9th graders.

Does wanting a sport scholarship affect how much time you play? According to athletic scholarships.net, when looking for a scholarship you want to be recruited either in junior or senior year you should not wait too long.

Does the type of sport affect how much you play? We want to know if certain sports are more time consuming than other sports.

We were able to find answers with our data that we gathered.

How many students continued to play sports ?

      We got various types of answers. There wasn't a specific answer, since some high schoolers didn't play at all. While others played at least 8-12 hours per week, which really shocks us! How do they find the way to manage their time? Doesn't their school work come in the way of practicing for their teams or for themselves? Therefore, we collected data based off of the age they started and how long they spend playing in a week, we wanted to see if there would be a relationship.

Based on the charts above we determined that there is a slight positive linear relationship between age and time spent playing sports. This can conclude that your age can effect the amount of time you spend playing sports.

Based on the frequency table, the majority of 10th and 12th graders do rowing as a sport. You can also tell that the majority of 9th and 11th graders play volleyball. Most 10th graders row for about 16-20 hours a week. And, the majority 12th graders row for 10 hours a week. Another thing is, 9th graders spend about 3-4 hours playing volleyball. 11th graders don't really spend time playing sports, but if they do they spend 2 hours playing volleyball a week.

Median: 3 hours                           Interquartile Range: 4

The average high school student plays about 3 hours of sports weekly. This data is skewed so we used the median to help us conclude data, unless if the box plot was symmetrical, then you would use the average.

The scatter plot, "Age vs. Time Spent", shows that as you get older you tend to play more sports. We can tell that the data is kind of scattered but at age 10-14, it's stronger meaning that it's closer together. As students get older they tend to play more sports because of scholarships for college and so on.

The residual plot, however shows us that the scatter plot is non-linear. We can tell that it's non-linear because the majority of the data is closer together.  This means that there is no relationship between age and time they spend playing sports for a week.

This can help change the way people think about options in the future about their sports academics and career. They can start at an earlier age in high school so they can on scholarships and to know that school work doesn't get in the way of sports.

BY: Omayma Mohamed, Prabhjot Kaur, Sandhya Lall, & Aldina Feratovic

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