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National Federation of State High School Associations

on 27 January 2019.

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 782 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

2017-2018 Athletics Participation Summary

 TEN MOST POPULAR BOYS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                          Participants

1. Basketball 18,510                                      1. Football – 11-Player 1,036,842

2. Track and Field – Outdoor 16,990             2. Track and Field – Outdoor 600,097

3. Baseball 16,191                                           3. Basketball 551,373

4. Cross Country 15,463                                4. Baseball 487,097

5. Football – 11-Player 14,079                       5. Soccer 456,362

6. Golf 13,524                                                 6. Cross Country 270,095

7. Soccer 12,393                                              7. Wrestling 245,564

8. Wrestling 10,775                                         8. Tennis 158,151

9. Tennis 9,793                                               9. Golf 144,024

10. Swimming & Diving 7,595                        10. Swimming & Diving 138,935

TEN MOST POPULAR GIRLS PROGRAMS

Schools                                                          Participants

1. Basketball 18,171                                       1. Track and Field – Outdoor 488,592

2. Track and Field – Outdoor 16,951            2. Volleyball 446,583

3. Volleyball 16,434                                       3. Basketball 412,407

4. Softball – Fast Pitch 15,544                       4. Soccer 390,482

5. Cross Country 15,216                                5. Softball – Fast Pitch 367,861

6. Soccer 12,007                                              6. Cross Country 223,518

7. Tennis 10,289                                             7. Tennis 190,768

7. Golf 10,289                                                 8. Swimming & Diving 175,594

9. Swimming & Diving 7,961                          9. Competitive Spirit Squads 162,669

10. Competitive Spirit Squads 6,877             10. Lacrosse 96,904

Total Athlete Participation

                        Boys                Girls               Total  

2017-18           4,565,580        3,415,306       7,980,886

Top 5 States Participation

State               Boys                Girls                           Total

1. Texas           492,351           332,268                       824,619

2. California    465,775           353,850                       819,625

3. New York   202,358           175,707                       378,065

4. Ohio             204,214          143,353                       347,567

5. Illinois         195,266           143,582                       338,846

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

2017-18 ATHLETICS PARTICIPATION SUMMARY FOR OHIO

 OHIO BOYS             Schools          Participants

Basketball                   791                  23,111

Track & Field (outdoor) 782               27,426

Baseball                       775                  22,585

Cross Country               729                12,809

Football                          713                  42,637

Golf                             693                    7,491

Wrestling                     612                  11,340

Soccer                          576                  18,458

Swim/Dive                  421                    5,470

Bowling                       418                    5,216

Tennis                         408                    6,373

Track & Field (indoor)                             3,060

Lacrosse                      143                    6,337

Volleyball                    111                     3,616

Ice Hockey                    81                    2,141

 

OHIO GIRLS             Schools          Participants

Basketball                  788                  15,045

Volleyball                    785                  17,568

Track & Field (outdoor) 784               23,963

Softball                        757                  17,907

Cross Country            729                  10,446

Golf                             538                  3,669

Soccer                        540                  16,071

Tennis                         408                    7,057

Bowling                       404                    3,862

Track & Field (indoor)                            3,883

Swim/Dive                  435                    6,883

Competitive Cheer      240                     5,605

Gymnastic                  169                     1,225

Lacrosse                      130                     3,996

Field Hockey                37                     1,134

According to the OHSAA 2016-17 web site

 BOYS

            Number of Schools

Basketball       799

Baseball           768                                         

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                        748

Track & Field              633

Soccer                         534

Cross Country              501

Tennis                         400

Golf                             321

Swim/Dive                  310

Bowling                       308

Lacrosse               127

Gymnastic                    97

Field Hockey                36

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