The National cryBaby Association, NBA, continues it’s lockout and basketball continues to lose fans and participants. What is going to happen when volleyball becomes more popular than basketball? Impossible? Not impossible. In high schools the numbers prove the trend. Every year Girls Volleyball continues to close the gap on having more participants than Boys Basketball. Let me repeat that…Girls Volleyball will be more popular than Boys Basketball. The 2010 – 2011 report published by The National Federation of High School Associations shows 545,844 boys high school basketball players and 409,332 girls high school volleyball players. Girls volleyball participants are growing at a much faster rate than boys basketball.
How will high school administration react to volleyball when it becomes more popular? Volleyball will get preference to gym time and space. Basketball coaches will have to ask volleyball when the court can be used. Volleyball court lines will be painted on the floor and basketball will have to tape their own lines. Basketball baskets will have to be temporary. Volleyball will get preferential locker rooms. Basketball will have to rent the gym floor for their time.
Volleyball, a sport that originated in Holyoke, MA, is already the 2nd most popular team sport in the world, behind soccer. There are more youth volleyball programs than basketball programs worldwide. The US will catch on with the rest of the world soon.