2013 High School Lacrosse Sponsorship and Participation Rates

Lacrosse at the high school level has grown well over 100% just since 2001 and is continuing to expand while most other sports are not. Last year and again in 2013, girls' lacrosse cracked the top 10 in number of participants, with over 77,000 players at schools covered by the recently released NFHS survey.

Boys' lacrosse placed 13th in sponsorship (number of schools) and 11th in participants (nmuber of athletes). Girls' lacrosse also finished 13th in sponsorship. These rankings are unchanged from a year ago.

Data on school sponsorship and student participation are compiled annually by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and we have again created a summary of the NFHS data, which includes both data tables and graphs that present figures longitudinally.

Over the period from 2001 through 2013, the number of high schools sponsoring boys' and girls' lacrosse increased by 160% and 183%, respectively. The number of students participating in lacrosse rose by 143% for boys and 138% for girls. For more detailed information, see the full report.

Note that NFHS's universe is limited, so there are 1,100+ boys' and 600+ girls' lacrosse teams and their participants not included in the totals. In many states, the NFHS umbrella does not include all schools. High schools in states where lacrosse is not officially sanctioned are simply not reflected in NFHS figures.


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