Athletic Participation At MHSAA Schools Hits All-Time
High - AGAIN!
[Back to News]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 21, 2001
Contact: John Johnson or Randy Allen-- 517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - July 19 - Participation in high school
sports took place in record numbers again during the 2000-01
school year at Michigan High School Athletic Association member
schools across the state.
There was a total of 287, 036 participants in sports in which
the Association sponsors post-season tournaments during the past
school year, topping last year's mark of 282,426. Among the participants,
a record 119,586 girls participants took part, up from 118,292
last year. The totals count once for each sport in which an athlete
participates, meaning students who are multiple-sport athletes
are counted more than once. The participation figures for girls
are up 14 percent since the 1994-95 school year. Boys are up
eight percent over the same time period.
Volleyball continues to be the most popular sport for girls,
with a record 21,572 participants in 2000-01, up from 19,547
in 1994-95. Other girls sports hitting their all-time highs in
participation last year were competitive cheer, golf, soccer,
The most popular boys sport continues to be football, with last
year's 44,043 participants an all-time high. Other boys sports
hitting new participation highs last year were ice hockey, soccer,
tennis, track and field, and wrestling.
The participation figures are gathered annually from MHSAA member
schools to submit to the National Federation of State High School
Associations for compiling its national participation survey.
The results of the survey from 1990-00 may be viewed on the NFHS
Web Site - www.nfhs.org.
The following chart are participation figures for the 2000-01
school year from MHSAA member schools in sports in which the
Association sponsors a post-season tournament:
Sport School Participants Schools Participants
Baseball 625 19,351
Basketball 716 24,036 692 20,379/*1
Competitive Cheer 148 3,474
Cross Country 568 7,428 531 6,287/*32
Football 607 44,043/*29
Golf 558 8,321 292 3,664/*74
Gymnastics 90 1,163
Ice Hockey 168 3,159/*12
Skiing/Alp. 89 1,174 83 806/*6
Soccer 399 13,441 349 12,191/*133
Softball -Fast Pitch 579 16,377
Swimming/Div. 227 4,149 245 6,428/*24
Tennis 337 7,875 341 9,008/*101
Track/Field 643 22,372 623 17,660/*12
Volleyball 689 21,572
Wrestling 455 12,101/*153
* Indicates the number of girls participating on boys teams.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules
are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract
approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
Farm Bureau Insurance and Little Caesars Pizza are year-round
MHSAA Corporate Partners