Fencing is the sport? How many high schools in the states have fencing? I would say that fencing is more of a North Eastern US club sport than anything else. There are only 46 Colleges in the entire country that offer Fencing. 4.5 scholarships for an 18 person roster for men's D1. USA doesn't even place in Fencing in the Olympics do they? Seriously, it ranks up there with Curling.
Yup, considered a "niche" sport...just like golf. Swimming/diving, volleyball and squash too - heard higher and higher % of international recruits.
Very low number of participants (denominator) in many of those, and more scholarship/roster spots (numerator). In terms of getting a kid into school or scholarship $ those are where it's at. Golf...not so much.
Golf isn’t a niche sport. People actually play it.
It’s an afterthought for 98% of high school athletes, and one of the sports kids can “participate” in when they can’t make other teams as it doesn’t require specific physical attributes like size, speed or strength
It is “niche” to the general public not reading this forum and website