Check out our summaries of trends in the participation rates of the Top 10 sports for high school men and women in the US.
Men's High School
- Football has lost more than 77,000 participants in the last 5 years, but is still the most popular sport…by far.
- Track and Field continues to grow at a modest pace, despite overall sports participation being down for the year.
- More schools offer basketball than any other sport, followed by Track and Baseball.
- Soccer and Cross Country grew by 26K and 18K participants over the last 5 years respectively.
Top 10 Men's High School Sports
|2||Track & Field||17,052||605,354||0.9%||4.6%|
|10||Swim / Dive||7,704||136,638||-1.7%||-0.3%|
Data comes from the NFHS Annual High School Participation Survey. Football refers to 11-man tackle football only.
Women's High School
- Track & Field had the most participants every year last decade.
- Volleyball added over 6,000 participants last year, the most of any top 10 sport
- Soccer has continued its steady climb and may move to #3 next year.
- Basketball declined significantly the last 2 years, but more schools still offer basketball than any other sport.
- Competitive Spirit was flat last year, but skyrocketed the previous 4 years.
Top 10 Women's High School Sports
|1||Track & Field||17,012||488,267||-0.1%||2.0%|
|8||Swim / Dive||8,007||173,088||-1.4%||3.7%|
Data comes from the NFHS Annual High School Participation Survey. Track and Field only includes outdoor participation and Softball refers to Fast Pitch only.