Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/18/09
Lacrosse continues to be clearly one of the fastest growing sports at the scholastic level, according to figures released this week by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA).
The number of boys’ teams (1,984) in the country rose 9.3 percent in 2009 and 111.5 percent since 2001. Also, the number of boys that participated (88,500) in scholastic lacrosse in the U.S. in 2009 rose 6.9 percent. Since 2001, the rise is 111.7 percent.
Boys’ lacrosse ranks 11th in overall participation, behind football, track and field, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, cross country, tennis, golf and swimming & diving.
Of those 11 sports, only swimming & diving had a larger increase in 2009; of 16.3 percent. But since 2001, swimming & diving came a distant second to lacrosse in participation, coming in at 46.6 percent.
As far as girls’ lacrosse, the amount of teams (1,780) rose 9.6 percent in 2009 and 127.3 percent since 2001. Participation (64,900) rose 6.3 percent for girls in the U.S. in 2009, and 100.4 percent since 2001. Girls’ lacrosse is 11th in overall participation, behind track and field, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, cross country, tennis, swimming & diving, competitive spirit (cheerleading) and golf.
In Pennsylvania this year, there were 158 girls’ teams and 156 boys’ teams. There 5,056 girls participating and 4,9992 boys. That is a significant rise from 2008 when there were 136 girls’ teams (4,352 athletes) and 132 boys’ teams (4,224 athletes).