High School Football Participation Up After Decline

(Photo Shutterstock.com/Lyle E. Doberstein)
(Photo Shutterstock.com/Lyle E. Doberstein)

When you take a quick look at recent youth and high school football participation numbers, the picture isn't very pretty. Participation in Pop Warner decreased nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012, and numerous state high school associations have reported similar declines in their respective football numbers — since 2007, for example, Michigan's numbers have decreased more than 10 percent. According to statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations, from 2007 to 2012, nationwide participation dipped by 20,000.

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