According to the Annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in sports declined in 2018-2019 for the first time in 30 years.

The most significant contributors to the decline were football and basketball. Participation in boys 11 man football declined by 30,829 players to 1,006, 013, the lowest mark since the 1999-2000 school year.

The survey indicated that 14,247 schools offer 11 man football, an increase of 168 from the previous year. 

While participation in 11 man football dropped in all but seven states, participation in six-player, eight-player, and nine-player gained 156 schools.

Combined basketball participation was down 23,944 (13,340 girls and 10,604 boys), and girls basketball totaled 399,067, the lowest since the 1992-1993 school year.

Eleven player football remains the number one sport with 1,006,013 players. Outdoor track and field is number with two with 605,354 participants followed by basketball, 540,769, baseball, 482,740, soccer 459,077 and cross country, 269,295.

Outdoor track leads for girls sports with 488,267 participants followed by volleyball, 452,808, basketball, 399,067, fastpitch softball 362,038 and cross country 219,345.

The top 10 states by participants remained the same in 2018-2019. Texas and California topped the list of participants with 825,924 and 824,709. New York was next with 369,266, Ohio, 339-158, Illinois 333,838 and Pennsylvania 316,429.

The complete 2018-2019 High School Athletics Participation Survey is available at: