(From LATimesBlog) Track and field also replaces soccer as the most popular sport for girls with 41,736 participants. Football remains the top sport for boys–despite a 3.4% drop in participation–with 104,224 participants. Track and field is a distant second with 51,689 participants, followed by basketball (42,521) and baseball (42,064).
According to the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation Sports Participation Survey, there were a total of 736,727 high school athletes participating in sports last year, an increase of 1,224–or 1.6%–from the last survey conducted two years ago.
“The increase, although slight, is still a testament to the fact that our California schools and student-athletes are very much interested in increasing the athletic programs we have,” CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida said in a statement.