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A recent Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association report on U.S. Trends in Team Sports indicates that participation is on the rise among children in the 6-to-17 age group, nearly 50 million strong.
What's more, play on high school varsity teams is up 27% from 1990, bolstered by the rise in female participation. Girls now represent 41.5% of high school varsity athletes. Between 1990 and 2002, in fact, girls achieved a whopping 47% rise on the varsity level, including an amazing 140% jump in soccer.
The SGMA report further stated that basketball is the most popular high school sport among girls and is ranked second among boys. Over the last decade, female participation in round