High schools with girls athletics programs in the U.S. by sport 2009-2018

Number of U.S. high schools with athletics programs for girls from 2009/10 to 2017/18, by sport

by Christina Gough, last edited Aug 9, 2019
High schools with girls athletics programs in the U.S. by sport 2009-2018 High school sports in the United States has always been a huge industry and figures suggest that it is only getting bigger. During the school year 2017/18, 18,171 schools in the U.S. had a basketball program for girls, marking a steady increase on the figure from the 2009/10 school year. Indeed, growth was experienced across all major sports, with soccer and competitive spirit squads seeing some of the most significant increases in the number of programs.
High school athletics

While the trend is overwhelmingly positive among girls’ high school sports, there are some notable decreases in high school athletic programs for boys. Most notably, the number of programs for 11-player football has seen a slight decrease, as has the number of programs for golf and tennis. On the other hand, participation in soccer, baseball, and basketball seems to be on the up. Indeed, the number of male participants in high school athletics on the whole has seen a significant rise from 3.92 million at the turn of the millennium to 4.57 million in the 2017/18 school year. A similar picture can be seen in the number of female participants, which has risen from 2.78 million to 3.41 million in the same timeframe.  

Sports participation

The increase in participation in sport is not just limited to high schools. The share of people who take part in outdoor sports in the United States has risen from 56.9 percent in 2013 to 59.2 percent in 2018. Similarly, the share of participants in individual sports has increased by two percentage points in the same time period.  
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Number of U.S. high schools with athletics programs for girls from 2009/10 to 2017/18, by sport

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