Volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports among high school boys. Some notes from recent articles.
****Boys high school volleyball has grown at the second-fastest rate of any sport in the country since 2012, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations
****Between 2000 and 2015, the NFHS statistics show that the number of participants in high school boys volleyball has increased by approximately 18,000, growing from around 36,000 at the turn of the century to about 54,000 in 2015.
****According to the NFHS, 19 states had at least 25 high school boys’ volleyball programs, an increase from 16 states in 2005. California has led the way in this increase in programs with 676 schools in 2015 compared to 392 in 2005. NFHS data also shows that the number of boys participating in high school volleyball has increased every year since 2011, breaking 50,000 in 2012.
****To add perspective on how the growth of the game could be impacting the number of high school participants, in 1998, there were just over 35,000 participants in boys’ high school volleyball. As of 2015, that number had surpassed 55,000, according to the NFHS. This means that over 20,000 more boys have the chance to compete at the high-school level and try to earn an opportunity to play volleyball at the collegiate level. Despite this steady growth, just 24 states offer boys’ volleyball at the high school level. Boys in over half of the U.S. still don’t have an opportunity to compete in the sport at their schools, thus increasing the importance of the game’s continued growth.