Nobody Wants to Play Company Softball Anymore

A softball field is pictured at the renovated fields at Jefferson Middle School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Oklahoma businessman Tim McLaughlin and his wife Liz in 2012 started Fields & Futures, a multimillion-dollar initiative to rebuild 44 athletic fields within Oklahoma City Public Schools. The district is the largest in the state and where nearly 90 percent of students are eligible for reduced priced meals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Companies have vacated the softball field, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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Company softball has fallen on hard times, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The percentage of companies that sponsor a softball team has fallen from 29 percent in 2007 all the way to 12 percent this year.

The Journal suggests a few reasons the stereotypical team-building after-work activity has fallen off.

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First, companies have been jumping into other athletic endeavors. For example, they might be more inclined to run road races as a team, rather than the bases.

The fall of company softball also coincides with growth in the past decade of recreational sport and game clubs for young professionals living in cities. The thinking there: With other options for exercise and socialization, why stick around the boss any longer than you need to?

Increases in mobile and work-from-home employment situations, as well as the length of the workday, might also play a role.