Anne Arundel County public schools have announced the discontinuation of gymnastics as a high school varsity sport because of sagging participation and a lack of coaches.
Four of the county's high schools had obtained gymnastics coaches just a few weeks before practice for the spring season, county officials said in a statement last week.
County athletic procedures dictate that at least six of Anne Arundel's 12 comprehensive high schools must field varsity teams in a sport for the county to support it.
"It is regrettable that we have had to make this decision," county schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said.
"We have tried every avenue to attempt to get enough teams to continue offering gymnastics, but those attempts have not been successful. At this juncture, it is in the best interests of our student-athletes and our overall athletic program to discontinue gymnastics."