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National Federation of State High School Associations

on 29 January 2018.

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.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations Ohio has 787 boys track and field teams (as if a school has one athlete they count the school as having the sport).  All surrounding States (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia)  follow the one athlete rule, However, the Ohio High School Athletic Association requires 9 athletes for them to count a school as having track & field, thus they only recognize 690 schools as having boys track & field.  Note: a few years ago a school with fewer than 9 athletes which the OHSAA didn't recognize as having a boy's track & field team took home the team State Championships trophy.

National Federation of State High School Associations

2016-2017 Athletics Participation Summary

 

TEN MOST POPULAR BOYS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                          Participants

1. Basketball 18,214                                      1. Football – 11-Player 1,057,382

2. Track and Field – Outdoor 16,699             2. Track and Field – Outdoor 600.136

3. Baseball 15,979                                           3. Basketball 550,305

4. Cross Country 15,087                                4. Baseball 491.790

5. Football – 11-Player 14,299                       5. Soccer 450.234

6. Golf 13,223                                                 6. Cross Country 266,271

7. Soccer 12,188                                              7. Wrestling 244,804

8. Wrestling 10,629                                         8. Tennis 158,171

9. Tennis 9,225                                               9. Golf 141,466

10. Swimming & Diving 7,312                        10. Swimming & Diving 138,364

TEN MOST POPULAR GIRLS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                          Participants

1. Basketball 17,934                                       1. Track and Field – Outdoor 494,477

2. Track and Field – Outdoor 16,658            2. Volleyball 444.729

3. Volleyball 15,992                                       3. Basketball 430,368

4. Softball – Fast Pitch 15,440                       4. Soccer 388.339

5. Cross Country 14,880                                5. Softball – Fast Pitch 367,405

6. Soccer 11,823                                              6. Cross Country 226,039

7. Tennis 10,121                                             7. Tennis 183,519

8. Golf 10,076                                                 8. Swimming & Diving 170,797

9. Swimming & Diving 7,721              9. Competitive Spirit Squads 144,243

10. Competitive Spirit Squads 6,541             10. Lacrosse 93,473

Total Athlete Participation

                        Boys                Girls               Total  

2016-17           4,563,238        3,400,297       7,963,535

 

Top 5 States Participation

State               Boys                Girls                           Total

1. Texas           496,042           342,516                       834,558

2. California    462,513           337,851                       800,364

3. New York   200,520           167,329                       367,849

4. Illinois         196,942           144.445                       341,387

5. Ohio            197,741           142,405                       340,146

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

2016-17 ATHLETICS PARTICIPATION SUMMARY FOR OHIO

 

OHIO BOYS             Schools          Participants

Basketball                   801                  22,412

Track & Field (outdoor)787               25,336

Baseball                       755                  23,187

Cross Country                        735                  11,420

Football                       699                  42,490

Golf                             699                    7,356

Wrestling                     608                  11,550

Soccer                          581                  17,342

Swim/Dive                  416                    5,688

Tennis                         415                    5,918

Bowling                       398                    4,460

Track & Field (indoor)346                    5,453

Lacrosse                      144                    5,943

Volleyball                    111                    2,658

Ice Hockey                    81                    2,159

 

OHIO GIRLS                        Schools          Participants

Basketball                   804                  15,466

Volleyball                    801                  19,272

Track & Field (outdoor)789               22,967

Softball                        765                  16,906

Cross Country                        735                  10,144

Golf                             551                  3,471

Soccer                          543                  15.185

Tennis                         413                    6,381

Bowling                       390                    3,686

Track & Field (indoor)344                     4,290

Swim/Dive                  339                    6,962

Competitive Cheer      240                     4.209

Gymnastic                  165                     1,093

Lacrosse                      130                     4,200

Field Hockey                39                     1,219           

 

According to the OHSAA 2016-17 web site

 

BOYS

            Number of Schools

Basketball       779

Baseball           772                                         

Football           717

Track & Field  690

Golf                 646

Cross Country 600

Soccer              575

Wrestling         483

Tennis             393

Bowling           308

Swim/Dive      262

Lacrosse          141

Ice Hockey        79

 

GIRLS

            Number of Schools

Basketball                   786

Volleyball                    764

Softball                        749

Track & Field              633

Soccer                          575

Cross Country                        534

Tennis                         400

Golf                             321

Swim/Dive                  310

Bowling                       308

Gymnastic                    97

Field Hockey                36