For many students, sports play a large part in the high school experience. While the number of students who play sports in high school declined slightly in the 2018-19 school year, there were still 7,937,491 participants; sports are still a very popular extracurricular activity for students around the country.
Which high school sports are most popular in America? We examined the most popular high school sports for boys and girls around the country to determine the top sports in each state.
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For boys in America, football is by far the most popular sport. When looking at high school sports stats, it’s the most popular high school sport in 43 states, and more than one million boys participated in the 2018-19 school year. Track and field is also popular among boys, with 605,354 participants.
These are the top 10 most popular sports in America for high school boys, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations:
For girls, track and field is the most popular sport, with 488,267 participants. It’s the most popular sport for girls in 16 states. While volleyball, the second most popular sport for girls, has fewer participants, it’s the most popular sport in 21 states in the country.
These are the 10 most popular high school sports for girls:
You may be looking at your high school sports list and wondering what the benefits of playing on a competitive sports team are. There are many ways that playing a sport can improve students’ lives!
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