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4 Year Collegiate Varsity Opportunities by Sport (As of May 2018)

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If you're able to find statistics for NJCAA, be my guest and post it.  I couldn't find information on it.  

If you got your panties in a bunch because I didn't include NCWA numbers, then get me all of the hockey, gymnastics, boxing, ect non-varsity/club sports lists and I'll include those too.  I'm not doing just wrestling when I have nothing to compare it too.   I made these list distinctly for comparison reasons. 

And here you go.....

 NCAA DIVISION I 
1. Men's Basketball - 347
2. Women's Basketball - 345
3. Women's Cross Country - 344
4. Women's Outdoor Track - 334
5. Women's Volleyball - 330
6. Women's Soccer - 329
7. Women's Indoor Track&Field-325
8. Women's Tennis - 315
9. Men's Cross Country - 311
10. Men's Golf - 297
11. Men's Baseball - 295
12. Women's Softball - 291
13. Men's Outdoor Track&Field-281
14. Women's Golf - 263
15. Men's Indoor Track&Field - 260
16. Men's Tennis - 253
17. Football - 251
18. Men's Soccer - 203
19. Women's Swimming & Diving - 194
20. Men's Swimming & Diving - 133
21. Women's Lacrosse - 111
22. Women's Rowing - 89
23. Women's Field Hockey - 79
24. Men's Wrestling - 76
25. Men's Lacrosse - 70
26. Women's Gymnastics - 61
27. Men's Ice Hockey - 60
28. Women's Beach Volleyball - 52
29. Women's Ice Hockey - 36
T30. Women's Bowling and Women's Waterpolo - 34
31. Women's Fencing - 26
32. Women's Rifle - 24
T33. Men's Fencing, Men's Volleyball, and Men's Waterpolo - 21
34. Men's Rifle - 18
35. Men's Gymnastics - 15
36. Women's Skiing - 12
37. Men's Skiing - 11

NCAA DIVISION II
1. Women's Basketball - 319
2. Men's Basketball - 318
3. Women's Cross Country - 307
4. Women's Volleyball - 306
5. Women's Softball - 296
6. Men's Cross Country - 280
7. Men's Baseball - 270
8. Women's Soccer - 268
9. Women's Outdoor Track&Field - 246
10. Women's Tennis -226
11 Men's Golf - 233
12. Men's Soccer - 217
13 Men's Outdoor Track&Field - 215
14. Women's Indoor Track&Field - 195
15 Women's Golf - 192
16. Men's Indoor Track&Field - 173
T17. Men's Football and Men's Tennis - 169
18. Women's Lacrosse - 107
19. Women's Swimming & Diving - 104
20. Men's Swimming & Diving - 75
21. Men's Lacrosse - 67
22. Men's Wrestling - 61
23. Women's Field Hockey - 33
24. Women's Bowling - 30
25. Men's Volleyball - 25
26. Women's Rowing - 16
27. Women's Waterpolo - 10
28. Women's Beach Volleyball - 9
T29 Women's Gymnastics, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's Water Polo, Women's Skiing - 7 
30.Men's Skiing - 6
31. Women's Ice Hockey - 5
32. Women's Fencing - 4
T33. Men's Rifle & Women's Rifle - 3
34. Men's Fencing - 2
35. Men's Gymnastics - 0


NCAA DIVISION III
1. Women's Basketball - 439
2. Women's Soccer - 438
3. Women's Volleyball - 433
4. Men's Basketball- 424
5. Women's Cross Country - 420
6. Men's Soccer - 415
7. Women's Softball - 414
8. Men's Cross Country - 399
9. Men's Baseball - 385
10. Women's Tennis - 372
11. Men's Tennis - 328
12. Women's Outdoor Track&Field - 318
13. Men's Outdoor Track&Field - 311
14. Men's Golf - 299
15. Women's Indoor Track&Field - 283
16. Women's Lacrosse - 280
17. Men's Indoor Track&Field - 276
18. Women's Swimming & Diving - 250
19. Men's Football - 249
20. Men's Lacrosse - 234
21. Men's Swimming & Diving - 223
22. Women's Golf - 212
23. Women's Field Hockey - 164
24. Men's Wrestling - 101
25. Men's Volleyball - 82
26. Men's Ice Hockey - 77
27. Women's Ice Hockey - 59
28. Women's Rowing - 41
29. Women's Water Polo - 17
T30. Men's Skiing & Women's Skiing - 16
T31. Women's Fencing, Women's Gymnastics, Men's Water Polo - 15
T32. Women's Bowling, Men's Fencing - 12
T33. Women's  Beach Volleyball, Women's Rifle, Men's Rifle - 3
34. Men's Gymnastics - 1


NAIA
1. Women's Basketball - 230 (92 DI & 138 DII)
2. Men's Basketball - 228 (93 DI & 135 DII)
3. Women's Volleyball- 219
4. Women's Cross Country - 213
5. Men's Cross Country - 205
T6. Women's Soccer and Men's Soccer - 197
7. Women's Softball - 194
8. Men's Baseball - 186
9. Women's Indoor Track&Field - 180
10. Men's Golf - 173
11. Women's Golf - 156
12. Men's Indoor Track&Field - 150
13. Men's Outdoor Track&Field - 135
14. Women's Outdoor Track&Field - 130
15. Women's Tennis - 112
16. Men's Tennis - 103
17. Men's Football - 88
18. Men's Wrestling - 58
19. Cheer&Dance - 50
20.  Women's Lacrosse - 36
21. Men's Volleyball- 34
22. Men's Lacrosse - 32
23. Women's Swimming & Diving - 31
24. Men's Swimming & Diving - 26
25. Bowling - N/A

OVERALL 4 YEAR VARSITY OPPORTUNITIES
1. Women's Basketball - 1,333
2. Men's Basketball - 1,317
3. Women's Volleyball - 1,288
4. Women's Cross Country - 1,284
5. Women's Soccer - 1,232
T6. Men's Cross Country & Women's Softball - 1,195
7. Men's Baseball - 1,136
8. Women's Outdoor Track&Field - 1,033
9. Men's Soccer - 1,032
10. Women's Tennis - 1,025
11. Men's Golf - 1,002
12. Women's Indoor Track&Field - 983
13. Men's Outdoor Track&Field - 937
14. Men's Indoor Track&Field - 859
15. Men's Tennis - 853
16. Women's Golf - 823
17. Men's Football - 757
18. Women's Swimming & Diving - 579
19. Women's Lacrosse - 534
20. Men's Swimming & Diving- 457
21. Men's Lacrosse - 403
22. Men's Wrestling - 326
23. Women's Field Hockey - 276
24. Men's Volleyball- 162
25. Women's Rowing - 146
T26. Women's Gymnastics & Men's Ice Hockey - 144
27. Women's Ice Hockey - 94
28. Women's Bowling - 76
29. Women's Beach Volleyball - 64
30. Women's Cheer & Dance - 50
31. Women's Fencing - 45
32. Women's Waterpolo - 44
T33. Men's Fencing and Women's Skiing - 35
34. Men's Skiing - 33
35. Men's Gymnastics - 31
36. Women's Rifle - 30
37. Men's Rifle - 24
38. Men's Waterpolo - 21



TOTAL 4 YEAR VARSITY OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN: 12, 313

TOTAL 4 YEAR VARSITY OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEN: 10,724

DIFFERENCE OF 1,589

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I think I read somewhere that despite more opportunities for female athletes (proved above), feminists are still irate that there are still more male athletes and want that corrected.  Equality of opportunity is not enough for them, they want equality of outcome.

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I think I read somewhere that despite more opportunities for female athletes (proved above), feminists are still irate that there are still more male athletes and want that corrected. Equality of opportunity is not enough for them, they want equality of outcome.

Well football has a giant roster, so they need more teams to make up for it.

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Thanks for all of this research. This data is kind of mind-blowing. I am all for equal opportunity, but I did a lot of research about the development of women's programs in college and I found that universities were dropping men's programs, adding women's programs, and then they did not have enough to fill the women's team roster. They would solicit female students to join the team, offer some sort of scholarship, and then only require partial participation, and some of the students did not have any experience in the sport. It was pretty shocking to uncover some of the stories and data that was out there. We need the right people in there to make it truly equal.

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Thanks for all of this research. This data is kind of mind-blowing. I am all for equal opportunity, but I did a lot of research about the development of women's programs in college and I found that universities were dropping men's programs, adding women's programs, and then they did not have enough to fill the women's team roster. They would solicit female students to join the team, offer some sort of scholarship, and then only require partial participation, and some of the students did not have any experience in the sport. It was pretty shocking to uncover some of the stories and data that was out there. We need the right people in there to make it truly equal.

Much more common is just recruiting European students and giving them scholarships.  Many individual sports like women's tennis have tons of international students competing because rosters can't be filled here.  And I don't mean can't be filled with good players, I mean can't be filled with warm bodies. 

 

This thread shows that women's tennis has just over 1000 college programs and NFHS stats show a total of 25K girls HS tennis players.  By comparison there are 326 college wrestling programs for 244K boys HS wrestlers.  Tennis gets 8.0 scholarships while wrestling gets 9.9 so that slants slightly in wrestling's favor.  And obviously D3 has no athletic scholarships.  So amateur stats would say the 653 women's tennis programs at scholarship levels of college athletics offer up to 5000 scholarships.  That means 1 in 5 girls HS tennis players gets a scholarship if they want one.  For men's wrestling it's 225 programs at scholarship level offering up to 2250 scholarships.  That means 1 roughly 1 in every 110 boys.

 

Moral of the story is have your daughters play tennis.  

Edited by boconnell

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Much more common is just recruiting European students and giving them scholarships.  Many individual sports like women's tennis have tons of international students competing because rosters can't be filled here.  And I don't mean can't be filled with good players, I mean can't be filled with warm bodies. 

 

This thread shows that women's tennis has just over 1000 college programs and NFHS stats show a total of 25K girls HS tennis players.  By comparison there are 326 college wrestling programs for 244K boys HS wrestlers.  Tennis gets 8.0 scholarships while wrestling gets 9.9 so that slants slightly in wrestling's favor.  And obviously D3 has no athletic scholarships.  So amateur stats would say the 653 women's tennis programs at scholarship levels of college athletics offer up to 5000 scholarships.  That means 1 in 5 girls HS tennis players gets a scholarship if they want one.  For men's wrestling it's 225 programs at scholarship level offering up to 2250 scholarships.  That means 1 roughly 1 in every 110 boys.

 

Moral of the story is have your daughters play tennis.  

Women's tennis actually gets 8 scholarships, not 8.0. Sounds like I'm splitting hairs, but the truth is, women's tennis (and gymnastics and volleyball, in addition to FBS football and both gender's basketballs) are head-count sports, meaning a dollar counts the same as a full ride.

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Women's tennis actually gets 8 scholarships, not 8.0. Sounds like I'm splitting hairs, but the truth is, women's tennis (and gymnastics and volleyball, in addition to FBS football and both gender's basketballs) are head-count sports, meaning a dollar counts the same as a full ride.

I like women’s rowing where they literally find former HS Cross country, track, and swimming girls and ask them if they would like to try a sport almost all have never even done before or thought of doing in exchange for a partial scholarship. I wish they would at least promote sport someone had done well in before if you are going to give them money for it in college. I’d rather see scholarship allotments be equal between genders and load up some women’s sports with solid reaerve talent that gets great scholarships than to see these schools add random sports most youth women aren’t doing and won’t start doing just to equal the number of sports out. Edited by MadMardigain

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Interesting way to demonstrate just how hard it is to ever get a starting spot on a 4 year college team. 

 

Consider this:

 

Teams 326

Starters 3260

Starters per weight 326 (that was a hard calculation.)

Avg. # of Starters per HS graduating class (5 years counting red shirts) per weight 65.2

 

Of course these are averages.  

 

So a wrestler has to project in the top 66 for his college weight in the year he graduates HS counting all the HS's in the country that have wrestling.  And that's just to start for one season.

 

It gets even less when you consider that most starters start for more than one year.

Edited by bill_crum

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Thanks for all of this research. This data is kind of mind-blowing. I am all for equal opportunity, but I did a lot of research about the development of women's programs in college and I found that universities were dropping men's programs, adding women's programs, and then they did not have enough to fill the women's team roster. They would solicit female students to join the team, offer some sort of scholarship, and then only require partial participation, and some of the students did not have any experience in the sport. It was pretty shocking to uncover some of the stories and data that was out there. We need the right people in there to make it truly equal.

i posted about this in another thread... former managers were brought in and given schollies... while a ncaa champ was on partial

 

and that was 20 years ago

Edited by GockeS

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I think I read somewhere that despite more opportunities for female athletes (proved above), feminists are still irate that there are still more male athletes and want that corrected.  Equality of opportunity is not enough for them, they want equality of outcome.

 

If they really want "equality" let them compete openly for any sport the University offers. Not "Men" and "Women" - but one team open for all comers to try out.

 

Only one women would beat out the men is Balance Beam in gymnastics.

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Interesting way to demonstrate just how hard it is to ever get a starting spot on a 4 year college team. 

 

Consider this:

 

Teams 326

Starters 3260

Starters per weight 326 (that was a hard calculation.)

Avg. # of Starters per HS graduating class (5 years counting red shirts) per weight 65.2

 

Of course these are averages.  

 

So a wrestler has to project in the top 66 for his college weight in the year he graduates HS counting all the HS's in the country that have wrestling.  And that's just to start for one season.

 

It gets even less when you consider that most starters start for more than one year.

No, your math already assumes people are starting multiple years.  If there are 326 starting spots per year, and you assume talent is distributed evenly,  that would mean you just have to be top 326 at the college weight.  

Edited by Billyhoyle

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Here are the numbers I have for college wrestling (culled from association websites and track wrestling regional entries) from 2017-18:

 

Division 1: 76

Division 2: 58

Division 3: 104

NAIA: 56

NJCAA: 48

NCWA: 152 (34 Division 1; 118 Division 2 -I cannot find on their site what those designations mean)

 

That is 494 collegiate wrestling opportunities for men alone. That's a lot of opportunity to not only find a college that is a right fit for student-athletes, but also to compete in the sport of wrestling after high school.

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