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Participation increases for high school sports

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Participation in high school athletics increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-2012.

 7,692,520 high school students participated in interscholastic athletics. The 3,207,533 girls who participated in an all-time high.

Boys participation figures dipped for the first time since the 1992-93 school year, down 9,419 from last year’s number of 4,494,406 to 4,484,987.

TEN MOST POPULAR BOYS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                       Participants

1. Basketball                                       18,099             1. Football – 11-Player                      1,095,993

2. Track and Field – Outdoor           16,218             2. Track and Field – Outdoor           575,628

3. Baseball                                          15,838             3. Basketball                                       535,289

4. Football – 11-Player                      14,241             4. Baseball                                          474,219

5. Cross Country                                14,155             5. Soccer                                             411,757

6. Golf                                                 13,624             6. Wrestling                                       272,149

7. Soccer                                             11,600             7. Cross Country                                248,494

8. Wrestling                                       10,407             8. Tennis                                             159,800

9. Tennis                                             9,841               9. Golf                                                 152,725

10. Swimming & Diving                    7,001               10. Swimming & Diving                    133,823

 

TEN MOST POPULAR GIRLS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                       Participants

1. Basketball                                       17,768             1. Track and Field – Outdoor           468,747

2. Track and Field – Outdoor           16,143             2. Basketball                                       435,885

3. Volleyball                                       15,569             3. Volleyball                                       418,903

4. Softball – Fast Pitch                      14,142             4. Soccer                                             370,975

5. Cross Country                                13,970             5. Softball – Fast Pitch                      367,023

6. Soccer                                             11,127             6. Cross Country                                212,262

7. Tennis                                             10,058             7. Tennis                                             180,870

8. Golf                                                 9,667               8. Swimming & Diving                      160,456

9. Swimming & Diving                      7,221               9. Competitive Spirit Squads            108,307

10. Competitive Spirit Squads          4,916               10. Lacrosse                                          74,993

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About the blogger

Tim has covered high school sports for more than 40 years. He is the only active newspaper reporter in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was the co-author of the original NCHSAA record book. When he not writing about boys and girls, he often is at church or in a theater. Email Tim.
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