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August 31, 2023

High school sports participation rises back to pre-pandemic levels

Participation in high school sports eclipsed 7.8 million in the 2022-23 school year, reflecting a sharp increase from the previous year. The NFHS completed its High School Athletics Participation Survey for a second time after the pandemic interru...

December 31, 2017

Track, volleyball most popular sports among U.S. high school girls

Nearly 500,000 high school girls participated in track and field during the 2016-17 school year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations' annual survey.  ...

December 30, 2017

Vermont, already with the smallest number of high school athletes, sees biggest decline in participation

Already with the fewest participating high school athletes among the 50 states, Vermont also saw the biggest drop in participation during the 2016-17 school year, statistically speaking. Vermont's participation rate dropped by 10.5 percent from 2015-...

December 29, 2017

Washington enjoys biggest increase in high school sports participation in the country

The U.S. Census bureau estimates the state of Washington's population increased by 1.7 percent from 2016 to 2017, the fourth-highest increase in the nation. The state's high school sports participation total increased a lot more than that, however. W...

December 27, 2017

Despite drop in numbers, football remains most-played HS sport

Nearly eight million U.S. high school-aged children participated in high school sports during the 2016-17 school year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations' (NFHS) annual survey. It marked the 28th consecutive year t...

December 27, 2017

Football still far and away most popular sport among high school boys

More than one million American boys played high school football in 2016-17. While it is still the most played sport among boys, participation decreased by more than 23,000 players from the previous year. (See chart at bottom of page.) Data compile...

December 25, 2017

Number of high school athletes in U.S. rises for 28th consecutive year

Data compiled from National Federation of State High School Associations' 2016-17 survey....

December 22, 2017

High school lacrosse participation topped 200,000 in 2016-17

Participation in high school lacrosse topped 200,000 boys and girls during the 2016-17 school, an all-time high. Data from National Federation of High School Sports Association's (NFHS) annual survey....