LEXINGTON - In data gathered for submission to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), football represented the most popular sport in Kentucky in terms of participants during the 2012-13 academic year with 13,315 students (54 girls) competing for 222 schools.
Baseball ranked second among boys’ sports with 7,278 participants across 261 schools, followed by Basketball (6,874), Track and Field (6,476), and Soccer (6,059). Volleyball was the most popular sport on the girls’ side with 6,260 participants covering 257 schools, followed by Fast Pitch Softball (5,754), Soccer (5,551), Track and Field (5,476) and Basketball (5,359).
The 2012-13 season marked the debuts of Competitive Cheer, Archery and Bass Fishing as KHSAA-sponsored sport activities. Competitive Cheer had a strong showing during its debut season with 5,114 female competitors and 179 males across 248 schools. Archery had a total of 1,961 participants (1,077 boys) competing for 70 schools, while Bass Fishing was sponsored by 31 schools and had 346 students compete.
Kentucky high school golf, volleyball and football teams will be among the first squads to open play in the 2013-14 schoolyear.