MHSAA Announces Participation Numbers for 2018-19 School Year
The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that 11 sponsored postseason tournament sports saw an increase in participation for the 2018-19 school year.
Boys skiing saw the biggest growth with an increase of 11.2% and 6,284 student-athletes participating. Girls and boys tennis increased by 1.8% and 1.6%, respectively, while girls swimming and diving saw participation up 1.1% to 5,794 athletes. Girls and boys lacrosse set new participation marks with increases of 9.7% and 5.2%, respectively, while boys and girls bowling went up 4.7% and 1.1%.
Overall, the MHSAA saw participation fall 1.03% from the previous year and enrollment fall 1.28%, continuing a decade-long trend. Boys participation numbers fell 1.2% to 161,614, and girls participation fell for the first time in four years to 120,378. Since the 2008-09 academic year, enrollment for MHSAA high schools is down 12.8% and participation is down 7.3%.
Seventeen sports saw a decrease in participation numbers, with football dropping 4.3%, despite being the most played sport with 35,412 student-athletes. Volleyball saw a decrease of 1.8%, but remains the most played sport for girls with 19,072 athletes.
The MHSAA gathers participation figures from member schools annually, and figures are submitted to the National Federation of State High School Associations as part of a national participation survey.