High school sports participation increases for 27th consecutive year; increases need for qualified coaches


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logoLed by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2016 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,868,900 — an increase of 61,853 from the previous year.

“The NFHS and its member state associations have taken significant steps over the past 10 years to minimize the risk of participation in football and all high school sports, so this report on the continued strong interest and participation in high school football is very encouraging,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director.

With this increase in high school sports participation comes and increase in the need for qualified coaches and it’s not easy finding qualified high school coaches. That’s one problem. The other problem can be the frequency with which that task needs to be undertaken. And that’s not without even considering what the student athletes are going through, not knowing who was going to head the program usually close to the beginning of the season. One AD describes the search for coaches is like fishing in a small pond without bait and a hole in the boat. There’s a lot of headaches and hope involved.

“For the 4th consecutive year, hiring qualified coaches led our list of most concerning issues for high school athletic administrators. Nearly 92% said they were at least moderately worried about their abilities to find experienced coaches for their schools, and it doesn’t appear and easy solution is in sight.” State of the Industry Survey of HS athletic Directors Coach & Athletic Director Jan 2017

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Edited and Re-published from the Trail-Gazette By NFHS

May 17, 2017