Friday, October 02, 2009
The National Federation of State High School Associations is out with its annual headcount of prep athletes.
The latest figures, for the 2008-2009 school year:
-More kids played high school sports than ever, 7,536,753.
-Girls participation also set a record, up by 56,825.
-Swimming and diving added the most participants, 29,967. Next were outdoor track and field, 19,396 and cross country which picked up 18,193. Lacrosse also continues to grow,up 9,579 players.
-Most popular sports (by participants): Basketball for boys, track and field for girls.
I love the detail in this report. To wit: In the state of Arkansas, 20 girls participated in weightlifting. In Kentucky, two played on boys baseball teams.
Posted by Mark Hyman at 6:10 AM