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High School Athlete Participation

High School Athlete Participation
Most Popular Boys Programs

RANKED BY NUMBER OF SCHOOLS SPONSORING THE SPORT RANKED BY TOTAL U.S. PARTICIPANTS
1. Basketball (18,150 schools) 1. Football (1,108,441 participants)
2. Track and field (15,954) 2. Track and field (579,302)
3. Baseball (15,863) 3. Basketball (545,844)
4. Football (14,279) 4. Baseball (471,025)
5. Cross country (14,097) 5. Soccer (398,351)
6. Golf (13,681) 6. Wrestling (273,732)
7. Soccer (11,503) 7. Cross country (246,948)
8. Wrestling (10,407) 8. Tennis (161,367)
9. Tennis (9,839) 9. Golf (156,866)
10. Swimming/diving (6,899) 10. Swimming/diving (133,900)


Most Popular Girls Programs

RANKED BY NUMBER OF SCHOOLS SPONSORING THE SPORT RANKED BY TOTAL U.S. PARTICIPANTS
1. Basketball (17,767 schools) 1. Track and field (475,265 participants)
2. Track and field (16,030) 2. Basketball (438,933)
3. Volleyball (15,479) 3. Volleyball (409,332)
4. Fast-pitch softball (15,338) 4. Fast-pitch softball (373,535)
5. Cross country (13,839) 5. Soccer (361,556)
6. Soccer (11,047) 6. Cross country (204,653)
7. Tennis (10,181) 7. Tennis (182,074)
8. Golf (9,609) 8. Swimming/diving (160,881)
9. Swimming/diving (7,164) 9. Competitive spirit squads (96,718)
10. Competitive spirit squads (4,266) 10. Lacrosse (74,927)


Notes: Track and field listed is outdoor. Football is traditional 11-player tackle.
Source: National Federation of State High School Associations’ 2010-11 Athletics Participation Summary

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