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A.D.MINISTRATION athle tic dire ctor strate g ie s
ten tips to combatting
PARTICIPATION DECLINE
By Dr. David Hoch, retired CMAA
Other than a slight decline in the number of football
and basketball players for the 2018-19 school year, the
overall participation rates for all sports around the
country are still very solid and strong for the last 30
years. The national results as compiled by the National
Federation of State Associations (NFHS) indicate that
girls' volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse have registered
increases, and boys' soccer, wrestling, and tennis added
participants in the past year.
This does not mean, however, that some individual high
schools around the country don't face challenges and a
possible decline. Since all settings are somewhat unique
and communities have diverse situations, you may find
fewer young people joining your teams.
The first step in combating this problem is to understand
some of the underlying reasons that your participation rate
may be in a period of decline. The following represents
some of the logical, common, and identifiable possibilities
or contributing factors for your lower turnout.
* Community and travel teams have grown in number and
popularity. Some parents see these alternatives as the
route to a college scholarship. As a result, non-school
teams may have siphoned off some of the better athletes
who would have normally been part of your program in
previous years.
* Students have more activities and ways of spending
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