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According to National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in high school football is declining.
In 2015, 1,112,251 boys participated in high school football, but that number dropped to 1,086,748 in 2016, and then to 1,035,942 last year.
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According to the Indianapolis Star, two Indiana high schools have dropped varsity football, with the latest being Hammond Bishop Noll.
“At the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year, we are optimistic about our program’s numbers for this fall,” Bishop Noll principal Lorenza Jara Pastrick said in a statement. “This summer, we have been monitoring those numbers daily throughout conditioning to assure ourselves we would have experienced players to participate safely in a varsity season.
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“Unfortunately, due to low numbers of upperclassmen on the first official day of practice (Monday), we feel we cannot fully commit to competing at the varsity level right now. It is our hope and sincere goal to take this season and next season to rebuild our program from the bottom up in hopes to reignite our football program and bring it back to its past competitive level. We feel it would not be prudent or responsible to subject our young and inexperienced players to the rigors of varsity football at this time.”
According to the Indianapolis Star, Bishop Hammond will field a junior varsity team the next couple of years to help build up the numbers to perhaps relaunch a varsity team in a few years.
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The other Indiana high school to cancel their 2018 season is Wood Memorial in Oakland City, which only had 13 players sign up.
Another Indiana high school having issues fielding a team is Park...
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