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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Call it an "uncommon economic indicator."

Why is it news that participation is down in high school sports? Because certain sports generate the big bucks. So, there's some concern in California.
Although football and basketball drive much of the California Interscholastic Federation's financial success, participation in those sports statewide – and within the Sac-Joaquin Section – has declined during the last two years.

According to the CIF's bi-annual statewide sports participation survey, boys basketball participation is down 4.9 percent and football 3.4 percent. Girls basketball has declined 5.7 percent.

The decline is even greater in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Girls basketball participation is down 9.4 percent. Football has seen a 6.8 percent decline. Boys basketball fell 6 percent.