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NUMBER of Prep athletes?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by bigpern23, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Anyone know or have a link to approximately how many prep athletes there are in the U.S.? A Google search is proving useless at the moment.
  2. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    Re: # of Prep athletes?

    From www.nfhs.com

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 1, 2005) — The number of participants in high school athletics increased for the 16th consecutive year in 2004-05 and topped 7 million for the first time in history.

    Based on figures from the 50 state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia, that are members of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), participation for the 2004-05 school year rose by 115,157 students, to 7,018,709, according to the 2004-05 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS. The survey also determined that nearly 53 percent of students enrolled in high schools participate in athletics.

    “We are thrilled to have more than 7 million students in our nation’s high schools participating in athletic programs,” said Robert F. Kanaby, NFHS executive director. “The consistent increase in participation among the youth of our country and the fact that well over half of all enrolled students are competing in high school activities are true testaments to the impact these activities have on millions of lives across the country.”

    In addition to overall numbers, the girls participation total of 2,908,390 set an all-time record. The boys total also increased, reaching 4,110,319, the highest participation in the past 27 years. This year’s boys participation figure is second only to the record 4,367,442 in 1977-78.

    Track and field gained the most female participants in 2004-05 with 9,212, followed by soccer with 7,072, indoor track and field with 5,237, and cross country with 4,163, which moved that sport from seventh to sixth in popularity.

    Eleven-player football gained the most participants among boys sports in 2004-05 with 12,812, followed by outdoor track and field with 11,902 additional participants, swimming and diving (7,192), lacrosse (6,557) and cross country (5,291).

    Some of the emerging sports had the largest percentage increases in participants. Bowling registered the largest percentage increase among boys sports with a 14 percent jump (from 17,654 to 20,534), followed closely by lacrosse with an 11 percent increase (from 53,436 to 59,993). Among girls sports, bowling (13 percent), lacrosse (10 percent), and indoor track and field (10 percent) registered the largest percentage increases.

    Thanks to the start of snowboarding programs in California, that sport registered the largest percentage gains in the number of schools sponsoring programs at 85 percent for boys and 89 percent for girls.

    Basketball remained the most popular sport for girls with 456,543 participants, followed by outdoor track and field (428,198), volleyball (386,022), fast pitch softball (364,759), soccer (316,104), cross country (170,450), tennis (169,292), swimming and diving (148,154), competitive spirit squads (84,416) and golf (64,245).

    On the boys’ side, 11-player football was again the most popular sport with 1,045,494 participants, followed by basketball (545,497), outdoor track and field (516,703), baseball (459,717), soccer (354,587), wrestling (243,009), cross country (201,719), golf (161,025), tennis (148,530), and swimming and diving (103,754).

    Texas remained the state with the most participants with 740,052, followed by California (678,019), New York (350,349), Michigan (311,814), Illinois (310,791), Ohio (310,585), Pennsylvania (262,859), Minnesota (233,070) New Jersey (228,388) and Florida (219,040).

    The participation survey has been compiled since 1971 by the NFHS through numbers it receives from its member associations. The complete 2004-05 Participation Survey will be available soon on the NFHS Web site .

    Author: Unknown
    Release Date: 9/2/2005


  3. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Re: # of Prep athletes?

    How many pounds of prep athletes is that? ;D

    Lame. I know. But that's what the subject line is asking.
  4. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    Re: # of Prep athletes?

    What, are you stopping by the market after work to pick up a few pounds for dinner? (Prep burger? Grilled prep sandwich?)
  5. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Re: # of Prep athletes?

    Fine. Changed. Whatever.  ::)

    Oh, and thanks CI. Very helpful.
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    7 million played prep sports this year alone.

    That means ... your "Glory Days" ain't worth shit, no matter what the Boss says. Just because you played HS ball, that don't make you the shit. Everybody played HS ball.
  7. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    That's great, Buck. I'd love to drop that line on the next Mommy who calls to complain I didn't mention little Sarah's fourth-place finish in a five-athlete gymnastics competition.
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