Football and soccer lead the state with a combined number of 141,472 participants


SACRAMENTO – The state of high school athletics around California is strong. That’s according to the 2018 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey which states the number of total student athletes is at an all-time high for the sixth straight year. The number increased by 2.95% from the 2017 survey. Across all 10 sections, 808,557 student athletes competed.

“It’s encouraging to see the continued participation increase in education-based athletics,” stated CIF executive director Roger L. Blake.

A few sports saw noticeable increases across both genders. Swimming and diving saw the largest percentage increase of a combined 4.46% or an additional 2,307 athletes (4.84% or 1,439 female participants; 3.94% or 868 male participants) of the top 10 sports. Golf followed with a 3.29% increase or 611 more participants.

Once again, football leads the top 10 boys sports despite the ongoing concussion debate. The number of 94,286 participants is down by 2.87% (2,793 participants) from last year. Track and field is the second most popular sport which increased participation by 1.02% (56,606).

Additionally, girls wrestling participation continues to rise. This year it topped out at 5,286 total participants. It is an increase of 17.33% (781) over last year.

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