HS Sports Participation Down

By: AP
By: AP

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Fewer girls participated in high school basketball this past winter, the first time girls have played in the winter since a judge ordered that prep sports seasons be changed.
About 3.6 percent fewer girls participated in basketball than in the 2006-07 school year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. The total number of girls basketball players -- 18,222 -- was the lowest since the MHSAA began tracking participation numbers in 1991-92.
Overall participation in winter sports for boys and girls decreased 3.2 percent, making it difficult to determine whether the drop in participation was because of a court-ordered lineup change that took effect in the fall.
The changes stem from a lawsuit seeking more equity for certain girls sports.
Boys basketball participation dropped 1.8 percent to the second-lowest rate since 1991-92. Wrestling participation fell 4.6 percent. Girls gymnastics and competitive cheer also saw decreases -- along with boys and girls skiing, boys swimming and diving, girls bowling and boys hockey.
Only boys bowling and girls swimming and diving saw participation increases.

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