Participation in high school sports reaches all-time high
Participating in sports is a part of the high school experience that is enjoyed by many, and according to a recent survey, it is being experienced by more student-athletes in the state than ever before.
The 2013 California Interscholastic Federation sports participation survey showed that high school sports participation in California is at an all-time high, increasing by 0.08 percent since the 2012 survey.
According to the new statistics, 758,474 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs.
"It's no surprise that education based athletics continues to see increased participation," said Roger L. Blake, federation executive director. "All the experiences gained from being part of a high school team helps produce well rounded individuals in our communities. At its best, athletic competition can hold intrinsic values for our society."
Along with the overall participation increase in athletics, there were a few sports that saw noticeable increases across both genders. Cross country showed a 1.9 percent increase or 1,057 more participants and track and field also increased participation by 1.4 percent or 1,375 student-athletes.
Football continues to lead the top 10 boys' sports with 102,505 participants, followed by track and field (55,221), soccer (47,861), basketball (43,776) and baseball (43,253).
For girls, track and field continues as the top sport with 44,200 participants, followed by soccer (43,282), volleyball (40,271), basketball (33,411) and softball (32,097).
The federation's 1,527 member schools participated in the survey as part of the National Federation of State High School Associations nationwide survey that measures the number of students competing in sports in the country.