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High school sports participation

Overall participation in high school sports has grown 14.6 percent in the past 10 years.
Year Boy participants Girl participants Total 1-year change
2007-08 4,372,115 3,057,266 7,429,381 1.20%
2006-07 4,321,103 3,021,807 7,342,910 2.60%
2005-06 4,206,549 2,953,355 7,159,904 2.00%
2004-05 4,110,319 2,908,390 7,018,709 1.70%
2003-04 4,038,253 2,865,299 6,903,552 0.90%
2002-03 3,988,738 2,856,358 6,845,096 1.10%
2001-02 3,960,517 2,806,998 6,767,515 0.90%
2000-01 3,921,069 2,784,154 6,705,223 2.60%
1999-00 3,861,749 2,675,874 6,537,623 0.80%
1998-99 3,832,352 2,652,726 6,485,078
Source: National Federation of State High School Associations
Ten most popular boys High School programs (2007-08)
Rank Sport Participants
1 Football 1,108,286
2 Basketball 552,935
3 Track and fieldoutdoor 548,821
4 Baseball 478,029
5 Soccer 383,561
6 Wrestling 259,688
7 Cross country 221,109
8 Golf 159,958
9 Tennis 156,285
10 Swimming and diving 111,896
 
Source: National Federation of State High School Associations
 
Ten most popular girls high School programs (2007-08)
Rank Sport Participants
1 Basketball 449,450
2 Track and fieldoutdoor 447,520
3 Volleyball 397,968
4 Softball-fast pitch 371,293
5 Soccer 346,545
6 Cross country 190,349
7 Tennis 172,455
8 Swimming and diving 147,197
9 Competitive spirit squads 111,307
10 Golf 69,243
 
Source: National Federation of State High School Associations
The next hot youth sport?
Panelists in the Turnkey Sports Poll were asked in July: Ten years from now, what sport is going to have the highest levels of participation amongst 10- to 18-year-olds?
Soccer 32.26%
Basketball 22.22%
Baseball 15.77%
Lacrosse 8.60%
Football 3.58%
Skateboarding 3.58%
Golf 3.23%
Hockey 1.79%
BMX 1.43%
Other 1.43%
Tennis 0.36%
Softball 0.00%
No response/Not sure 5.73%
 
Source: Turnkey Sports & Entertainment in conjunction with SportsBusiness Journal. taken in July. The survey covered more than 1,100 senior-level sports industry executives spanning professional and college sports.
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