High school sports participation rises nationwide, in Maryland – Baltimore Sun

An increase in the number of female student-athletes drove an overall rise in the number of teenagers participating in high school sports nationwide and in Maryland during the past school year, according to annual statistics released Thursday by the National Federation of High School Associations.

Maryland, which ranks 23rd among all states in overall high school sports participation, added 1,278 female athletes, but unlike the national average, the state also saw a rise in the number of boys with an additional 720, according to the NFHS’s 2014-15 High School Athletics Participation Survey. The survey tracks only schools that are members of the NFHS and in Maryland, only public schools belong to the NFHS.

In Maryland, public school participation rose from 116,104 student-athletes in 2013-14 to 118,102 in 2014-15. The number of boys rose from 66,744 to 67,464 and girls from 49,360 to 50,638.

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