I found a survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations from 2008-09 and it lists the top sports for boys and girls.
I will list it below. Really no shocking news there. But what I’d love to know is what sports do you think the state of Kansas should add?
Bowling was added as a state championship sport in 2005. It’s a great addition because it adds a group of athletes who weren’t playing other sports.
What other changes would you like to see the state make? Should there be spring football? Should boys soccer move to the spring so it doesn’t go up against football?
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The top five sports for boys, by number of schools participating were basketball, outdoor track, baseball, football and cross country. Ranking by number of athletes was football, track, basketball, baseball and soccer.
For girls, the top five sports by number of schools was basketball, track, softball, volleyball and cross country. By number of athletes, it was track, basketball, volleyball, softball and soccer.
I know there is a faction that is interested in seeing lacrosse added as a sport.
Take a look at some of the other sports offered across the country — archery, badminton (yes!), canoeing, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, flag football, ice hockey, judo, coed volleyball, riflery, rodeo, rugby, alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, slow pitch softball, surfing, indoor track, water polo, weightlifting.
That’s a fascinating list, and certainly it depends on what part of the country you live in for some of these sports.