435 Main Ave S | Renton, WA 98057 | (425) 687-8585
September 2012

9/27/2012 - LEAP Student Blog - Kate McGree | La Salle HS

9/25/2012 - WIAA Executive Board Concludes Fall Meeting

9/10/2012 - High School Sports Participation Achieves All-Time High

High School Sports Participation Achieves All-Time High

Conor LaffeyBailey Vallee and 5,726 others like this.

RENTON, Wash. – The annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced the increase of high school sports participation for the 23rd consecutive year during the 2011-12 academic school year.
Of the 7,692,520 total participants, Washington State contributed 164,858 of those participants.  Despite a drop in the overall student-athlete participation in Washington, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) was proud of its rank of 17th in participation.
“Three years ago, the Association saw an increase of nearly 25,000 participants,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.  “For the Association to remain above 160,00 is quite an achievement.”
The 51 NFHS-member state high school athletic/activity associations (District of Columbia is also represented) had an increase of 24,565 from 2010-11.
“In this time of ever-increasing financial challenges in our nation’s high schools, we are greatly encouraged to know that participation in high school sports continues to rise, NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner said in a press release by the NFHS.  “With more than 55 percent of students enrolled in high schools participating in athletics, the value of these programs in an education-based setting continues to be significant.
At the national level, the girl participants eclipsed last year’s record with a new total of 3,207,533.  The top participating sports were track and field (468,747), basketball (435,885) and volleyball (418,903).  In Washington, the numbers looked slightly different as volleyball (10,398) claimed the top spot, while track and field (9,900) came in second, and soccer (9,514) rounded out the top three.  Girls wrestling reached a new high of 1,071, which was the third highest in the nation behind California (2,008) and Texas (2,416).
On the boys’ side, the national figured dropped for the first time since the 1992-1993 school year by 9,419 participants.  In Washington, a dip of 336 participants was the difference from last year.  However, Washington saw an increase in football (22,090), which remains the state’s top participated boys program.  The second most participated boys sport was track and field (13,091), and third was basketball (11,132), both of which saw minor decreases in student-athlete participation.
The High School Athletics Participation Survey is available at the NFHS website at NFHS.org.  The survey has been compiled since 1971 by NFHS.
Sign up for RSS Feed
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association  |   435 Main Ave S   |  Renton, WA 98057  |  (425) 687-8585  |  © 2020
    Mission & Strategic Plan
    WIAA Staff
    Member School Directory
    Districts & Leagues
    Classifications 2016-2020
    Classifications 2020-2024
    Executive Board
    COVID-19 Planning
        Softball (Slowpitch)
    Statewide League Standings
    Brackets & Past Results
    Tournament Central
    WIAA Live Mobile App
    State Championship Dates
        2019-20 State Championship Dates
        2020-21 State Championship Dates
        2021-22 State Championship Dates
        Media Credential Registration
    Ticket Prices
    Tournament History
    Tournament Regulations
    Allocations & Draw Criteria
    Athlete of the Week
    Women in Sport Summit
    Team of the Month
    Smart Choices Scholarship Program
    Scholastic Cup
    Scholastic Awards Program
    Hall of Fame
        Hall of Fame Home
    WOA/WIAA Co-Op Agreement
        2020 Proposed Amendments
    Health & Wellness
        Concussion Management Guidelines
        Sudden Cardiac Arrest Guidelines
        Heat Index Calculator
        Asthma Info For Coaches
        Sideline Asthma Basics
    Member School Directory
    WIAA-WOA Statewide Agreement
    College Eligibility
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Application
    Arbiter Resource Center
    Order Handbooks and Rule Books
    Athletic Directors
    Coaches School
    Job Openings
    Games Wanted