The number of boys participating in high
school volleyball increased 3.6% in the past twelve months
according to the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS)
survey. There were 47,878 boys playing boys volleyball at
some level during the 2007-2008 school year compared to
46,224 during the previous year.
The NFHS released its 2007-2008 High School
Sports Participation survey results on September 4th. In
that initial release, certain state boy’s volleyball
information appeared either missing (Missouri) or needed
clarification (California). Middle Hitter recently
communicated with NFHS regarding this information and
received a prompt response and clarification. The NFHS
results are based on figures from the 50 state high school
athletic/activity associations, plus the District of
Columbia that are members of the NFHS.
fastest growing states were Ohio, New York and Wisconsin.
California reported the same exact number of boys
participants as there were in the 2006-2007 school year.
NFHS indicated that some states only calculate the
participants every two years versus every year but could not
confirm if this were the case for the 2007-2008 California
The top three states in number of
participants were California, Illinois and New York.
California doubles second place Illinois in total number of
participants (see table). New York displaced Pennsylvania
(3,636) for third place. One of the more interesting
statistics is the average number of participants per
school. Illinois clearly outranks other states with a 36.7
number of participants per school program. California which
ranks number one in participants and schools falls to ninth
place in average per school (23.48).
A top ten list of the above statistics plus
an 18 year history of boy’s high school volleyball
participation can be found on the web site version of this
article “High School Program Growth”.