National Federation of State High School Associations 2015-2016 Athletics Participation Summary

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National Federation of State High School Associations 2015-2016 Athletics Participation Summary

on 26 January 2017.

At the high school level more athletes participate in Track & Field than any other sport.

Nationally Track & Field  is the number one participatory sport for high school girls and number two for high school boys. Nationally Track & Field is the second most offered sport for both boys and girls at the high school level.

TEN MOST POPULAR BOYS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                          Participants

1. Basketball 18,288                        1. Football – 11-Player 1,083,308

2. Track and Field – Outdoor 16,547          2. Track and Field – Outdoor 591,133

3. Baseball 15,956                                        3. Basketball 546,428

4. Cross Country 14,920                              4. Baseball 488,815

5. Football – 11-Player 14,047                    5. Soccer 440,322

6. Golf 13,503                                                6. Cross Country 257,691

7. Soccer 12,054                                            7. Wrestling 250,653

8. Wrestling 10,685                                      8. Tennis 157,201

9. Tennis 9,723                                             9. Golf 146,677

10. Swimming & Diving 7,220                     10. Swimming & Diving 133,470

TEN MOST POPULAR GIRLS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                          Participants

1. Basketball 17,890                                     1. Track and Field – Outdoor 485,969

2. Track and Field – Outdoor 16,508          2. Volleyball 436,309

3. Volleyball 15,755                                     3. Basketball 429,380

4. Softball – Fast Pitch 15,304                     4. Soccer 381,529

5. Cross Country 14,698                              5. Softball – Fast Pitch 366,685

6. Soccer 11,676                                            6. Cross Country 222,516

7. Tennis 10,122                                           7. Tennis 183,800

8. Golf 10,046                                                8. Swimming & Diving 166,747

9. Swimming & Diving 7,559                       9. Competitive Spirit Squads 125,531

10. Competitive Spirit Squads 5,432          10. Lacrosse 88,050

Total Athlete Participation

                        Boys                Girls                Total   

2015-16           4,544,574        3,324,326       7,868,900

 

Top 5 States Participation

State               Boys                Girls                            Total

1. Texas          490,767           318,308                       809,075

2. California 463,137           338,980                       802,117

3. New York   203,965           168,807                       372,772

4. Illinois       199,904           144,239                       344,143

5. Ohio           189,955           129,974                       319,929

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

2015-16 ATHLETICS PARTICIPATION SUMMARY FOR OHIO

 

OHIO BOYS                 Schools            Participants

Basketball                791                  23,609

Track & Field (outdoor)759             24,464

Baseball                    759                  22,650

Football                     694                  42,595

Cross Country                        694                  10,783

Golf                            688                    7,241

Wrestling                  585                  11,114

Soccer                         558                  16,411

Tennis                                    402                    5,733

Swim/Dive                 365                    4,991

Bowling                     360                    4,035

Track & Field (indoor)         168                    2,648

Volleyball                 111                    2,658

Lacrosse                    110                    4,540

Ice Hockey                 86                    2,293

 

OHIO GIRLS                Schools            Participants

Track & Field (outdoor)751             21,861

Basketball                744                  16,118

Volleyball                 709                  17,960

Cross Country                        694                    9,355

Softball                      684                  15,116

Soccer                         553                  14,447

Tennis                                    413                    6,381

Swim/Dive                 381                    6,060

Bowling                     344                    3,252

Track & Field (indoor)         172                    2,460

Gymnastic                 134                       888

Competitive Cheer   106                    1,859

Lacrosse                    102                    3,296

Field Hockey               36                    1,126

 

According to the OHSAA 2015-16 web site

 

BOYS

            Number of Schools

Basketball       799

Baseball           773                                         

Football           716

Track & Field  685

Golf                 649

Cross Country 641

Soccer              571

Wrestling         497

Tennis             397

Bowling           348

Swim/Dive      254

Ice Hockey      **

 

GIRLS

            Number of Schools

Volleyball                    790

Basketball                   789

Softball                        748

Track & Field              659

Cross Country                        641

Soccer                          522

Tennis                         397

Bowling                       308

Golf                             302

Swim/Dive                  297

Gymnastic                  **

Field Hockey              **

 

**No totals were listed for 2015-16, however in 2013 there were: 98 gymnastic,  82 ice hockey and 37 field hockey teams.

 

In 2017 Lacrosse has been added as an OHSAA sport with 2 division for 136 boys teams and 121 girls teams -  Boys will have 4 districts for each division with 13 - 19 teams in each district.  Girls will have 2 districts for each division with 26 - 34 teams in each district.         

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