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  • WIAA and NFHS Launch #MyReasonWhy Campaign

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association has partnered with the National Federation of High Schools to help launch a social media campaign highlighting the benefits of participation in high school extracurricular activities and sports.

    Using #MyReasonWhy, the WIAA and NFHS encourage student-athletes, parents and coaches to share positive stories in order to persuade communities to continue the investment of time and resources in extracurricular programs even during tough economic times, motivated by the belief that participation in sports and other activities can ease students’ transition from middle to high school, promote a healthy lifestyle, and increase their overall sense of belonging.

    According to Lake Country Now, extracurricular programs for athletics, music, drama, speech, debate, and others take up only between one and three percent of most high school budgets, while the return on investment is significant and personal, affecting more than fifty percent of the student body.

    The NFHS conducted a study of 140,000 high school students at various schools in Kansas, and found a strong correlation between participation in extracurriculars and higher GPA, graduation rate and scores on state assessments. Other studies have shown that high school students who participate in sports are less likely to carry a weapon, smoke, use illegal drugs or alcohol, miss school, dropout, or exhibit suicidal behavior.

    “I’m certainly not saying that these programs should be retained in favor of cutting teachers or staff,” wrote Travis Wilson, general manager of Wissports.net. “…but considerations should be made to continue and expand extra-curricular opportunities whenever available,”

    Wilson then shared his own story of personal growth. “As a player, coach, official and now as a member of the media, I’ve had the somewhat unique opportunity to see all aspects of the high school sports experience, and it continues to solidify the idea that athletics in schools are significant positives, participation should be encouraged wherever possible, and that my own experiences in high school sports have and continue to pay dividends in many areas. And that is #MyReasonWhy,” he wrote. Read his full story at lakecountrynow.com

  • Will the NJSIAA Change Non-Public Playoff Formats?

    by Phil Anastasia December 2016

    The votes on the two proposals, one to significantly change the state tournament in non-public football and the other to tweak the state tournament in non-public boys' and girls' basketball, are the big items on the agenda for the NJSIAA's annual meeting at the Pines Manor in Edison, Middlesex County.

  • Breaking Down Winners and Losers of MLB Labor Deal

    by Bob Nightengale December 2016

    There is a new collective bargaining agreement, with plenty of new wrinkles, but unless you count the personal chefs now required in each clubhouse, there will be no dramatic changes to the game of baseball as we know it. The rich will stay rich, the poor will stay poor, the marquee free agents still will financially set every branch of their family tree up for life, and the pitch clock will stay unplugged in the closet. The New York Yankees, who might be the biggest winners in the new agreement, vowed Thursday to restrain themselves, at least until the 2018 free agent class when they try to sign everyone from Bryce Harper to Manny Machado. The Los Angeles Dodgers, thanks to severe luxury tax penalties, will still spend like the Dodgers, shopping at Walmart instead of Neiman-Marcus. And the Oakland Athletics, with no more subsidies from their rich neighbors, will be even more broke, watching their best players win World Series and MVP awards for other teams.

  • Opinion: NCAA Sanctions Make Bad ND Season Worse

    by Al Lesar December 2016

    With Notre Dame promising to file an appeal with the NCAA, the harshest punishment to come from the academic cheating scandal that involved a student athletic trainer and several football players would be vacating 12 wins in 2012, and nine in '13.

  • Schools Oppose State Involvement on HS Athletics Rules

    by Amy Donaldson November 2016

    A survey commissioned by the Utah High School Activities Association's board of trustees found that officials from nearly 100 Utah high schools oppose the rule proposed by the Utah state board changing the way high school athletes can transfer between schools.

  • Coatesville Board Member Uses Racial Slur at Meeting

    by Kathy Boccella November 2016

    In the three years since it was rocked by racially charged text messages between the then-superintendent and athletic director, the Coatesville Area School District has strived to move past the scandal and the bitterness it spawned. Recently, that effort has not gone so well.

  • CFP Committee Faces Dilemma Over Conference Title

    by George Schroeder November 2016

    Without diving too deep, we're looking at the very real possibility that for the first time in its short tenure, the selection committee will decide a team that did not win its league is among the four best.

  • Federal Court Blocks Overtime Expansion Rule

    by Michelle Rindels November 2016

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    LAS VEGAS - A federal court on Tuesday blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season, dealing a major blow to the Obama administration's effort to beef up labor laws it said weren't keeping pace with the times.

    The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction, saying the Department of Labor's rule exceeds the authority the agency was delegated by Congress. Overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely to be in play before vast power shifts to a Donald Trump administration, which has spoken out against Obama-backed government regulation and generally aligns with the business groups that stridently opposed the overtime rule.

    "Businesses and state and local governments across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that this rule has been halted," said Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who led the coalition of 21 states and governors fighting the rule and has been a frequent critic of what he characterized as Obama administration overreach. "Today's preliminary injunction reinforces the importance of the rule of law and constitutional government."

    The regulation sought to shrink the so-called "white collar exemption" that allows employers to skip overtime pay for salaried administrative or professional workers who make more than about $23,660 per year. Critics say it's wrong that some retail and restaurant chains pay low-level managers as little as $25,000 a year and no overtime - even if they work 60 hours a week.

    Under the rule, those workers would have been eligible for overtime pay as long as they made less than about $47,500 a year, and the threshold would readjust every three years to reflect changes in average wages.

    The Department of Labor said the changes would restore teeth to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which it called "the crown jewel of worker protections in the United States." Inflation weakened the act: overtime protections applied to 62 percent of U.S. full-time salaried workers in 1975 but just 7 percent today. The agency said it's now considering all its legal options.

    "We strongly disagree with the decision by the court, which has the effect of delaying a fair day's pay for a long day's work for millions of hardworking Americans," the labor department said in a statement. "The department's overtime rule is the result of a comprehensive, inclusive rulemaking process, and we remain confident in the legality of all aspects of the rule."

    The Department of Labor could appeal the Tuesday ruling.

    Related from AB: Understanding the Dept. of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

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  • HS Sues Association After Controversial Playoff Loss

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    Fenwick High School filed a lawsuit Monday against the Illinois High School Association after the board of directors made the decision to uphold an illegitimate overtime win for Plainfield North in the class 7A semifinals.

  • HS Postseason Ban Overturned After Eligibility Hearing

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association called for a hearing to investigate the eligibility of Wayne Hills varsity football players Hunter and Tyler Hayek. Claims of ineligibility were based on the assertion that the brothers transferred to the Wayne Hills school district in October of last year without registering a suitable change of residence. Evidence to these claims was provided by driver’s licenses showing a previous address in Woodland park, and a voter registration for the boys’ father under the same outdated address.