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|Posted: 08/02/19 5:30 pm ::: California high school sports' participation 18-19
|Girls' basketball is the fourth most popular girls' sport in California, behind soccer, volleyball and track.
Discounting track, which is often (not always) an easy way to get a varsity sport on your college resume, the numbers:
The good news is that percentage-wise, basketball participation was up 3.67%, much better than volleyball's 1.90%. Soccer increased 4.56% and note that soccer and basketball are both winter sports in California, meaning coaches are competing for the same pool of athletes.
The bad news is that there were 35,133 basketball players in 2012, an increase of 769 over the past eight years. Volleyball increased by 5,426 and soccer by 5,751.
On a different note, football participation continues to decline, down to 91,305 last year from 103,725 in 2015. Most of that decline has come due to the increased concern about concussions, presumably.
This, though good in many ways, could have a severe negative effect on high school sports, as revenue and community interest is driven by football.
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