High School Sports Participation Drops Nationally

NEBRASKA – A national survey says participation in high school sports saw a year-over-year drop during the 2018-to-19 school year for the first time in 30 years.

The annual survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations showed over 7.9-million high school students participated in athletics last school year. The number was a decline of nearly 44,000 from the previous year. The last decline in sports participation numbers happened during the 1988-89 school year.

The survey says a decline in marquee sports like football and basketball drove the overall drop. Participation in boys 11-player football is at its lowest mark since the 1999-2000 school year.