Schools are out right now, which means that while high school coaches may be relaxing, they're also thinking ahead to September, and to recruitment efforts for the coming academic year.
The good news? If last year is anything to go by, participation in sports will be strong. Last year's National Federation for State High School Associations (NFHS) 2009-2010 High School Athletics Participation Summary, showed that a total of 7,628,377 students (4,455,740 boys and 3,172,637 girls) participated in high school sports. The 2008-2009 figures showed 7,536,753 total students (4,422,662 boys and 3,114,091 girls).
Some more good news? Tennis consistently ranks in the top 10 most popular sports for boys (at number 8), and for girls (at number 7). An increasing number of schools were also offering tennis programs, and some of the biggest gains of any sport were shown in tennis. (Complete data for this study is available at http://www.nfhs.org/).
Even better news, and something that will play well to parents, are some facts that were recently announced by the American College of Sports Medicine and by Exercise Is Medicine: Preteens in Portugal with higher levels of fitness and sports participation performed better in the classroom. The association was stronger for students who played more sports or who participated over a longer period of time, particularly girls.
Students were measured for physical fitness, aerobic capacity and percent body fat. They answered questionnaires about their participation in school sports or youth sports leagues and clubs over the past three years. Academic achievement was measured by averaging the final year grades in compulsory classes. Researchers found that boys reported significantly higher levels of sports participation, and for a longer period, than girls. (Information on this study is available at http://www.acsm.org/)
Of course, the combination of more positive publicity for sports, and an ever-increasing participation trend only drives home the need to keep tennis facilities in shape for the coming year. The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) has copies of its book, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, available for $44.95 at the website, http://www.sportsbuilders.org/. The book is available in hard copy, or it can be ordered electronically to save on shipping costs.
Posted: 7/4/2011 3:44:02 PM by
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