The Interscholastic Federation of California (CIF) introduced on August 1 that the numbers of sports activities participation within the California highschool have been a few of the highest they’ve seen for the seventh consecutive 12 months.
A sports activities participation survey discovered that 814,004 scholar athletes participated in highschool sports activities applications throughout the state, a rise of .67% from final 12 months's survey.
The game that skilled the best enhance in participation figures was soccer, which totaled three,890 athletes mixed, a rise of three.87%. Volleyball took second place with 2,292 extra gamers, a rise of three.47% and basketball got here in third place, including 1,798 scholar athletes, a rise of two.18% in comparison with the numbers of the earlier 12 months.
"Whenever you have a look at what the US ladies's nationwide crew has executed, particularly for women who watch the ladies's crew play and need to do this," mentioned Saugus ladies's soccer coach Kevin Miner. "I feel we’re seeing an increasing number of women getting concerned in sports activities and it’s one thing they will do all year long and proceed in highschool and in addition at membership stage."
The most well-liked sport, by far, for youngsters is the soccer of 11 males with 91,305 individuals and suffered a lower of three.16% in comparison with final 12 months's survey, shedding 2,981 gamers. In 2015, soccer had 103,725 individuals and since then it has declined yearly.
American soccer follows the observe and area because the second hottest sport for youngsters in California with roughly 55,335 athletes, soccer comes with 54,996, basketball was 48,111 and baseball closed all 5 youngsters's sports activities.
"I feel it’s undoubtedly because of the extra choices of the occasions held in athletics," mentioned Golden Valley athletic coach Jalonick Davis, whose males's crew gained the Foothill League championship. “For the power in throws, sprints or lengthy distance races, you could have totally different variations of the athlete himself. Many youngsters can discover themselves in athletics doing varied occasions or one thing particular for his or her strengths. "
Male volleyball skilled the most important enhance within the variety of individuals in all males's sports activities with a further 1,434 individuals, a rise of 6.89%.
Ladies's soccer continues to dominate as the preferred sport with 49,342 individuals, a rise of four.56% over final 12 months. Volleyball ranked second with 45,997 individuals, whereas women' athletics fell to 3rd.
Ladies's basketball (35,902) and softball (32,233) closed the 5 principal ladies's sports activities.
"I really feel we now have many ladies in Saugus and our softball program is admittedly good and our ladies's basketball program is admittedly good," mentioned Miner. "I don't know if the numbers to say are greater in soccer, I feel there are extra alternatives when women are youthful to play soccer as a result of there are a lot of totally different golf equipment and groups." I solely know that you may watch many soccer video games. ”