• Camps Aim to Boost Interest in Field Hockey

    by Kristin E. Holmes; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014

    USA Field Hockey has started a national summer-camp program aimed at growing a sport that is played in the United States mostly by females - and that competes with overseas programs that train athletes who start swinging sticks at age 3.

  • High School Drops Football, Hopes for 2015 Revival

    by MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer July 2014

    Sacopee Valley drops varsity football team for 2014 season. Sacopee Valley High School canceled its varsity football program for the 2014 season with hopes of returning to that status in 2015. Chris Hughes, the athletic director at the South Hiram school, said school administrators came to that decision because of safety concerns after only 17 players showed up at a recent team meeting. Hughes stressed that the school, which has about 380 students, would have a football program this fall.

  • Foreign Leagues Can Lure Some, But Not Most Top Preps

    by Jim Halley, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    Emmanuel Mudiay's surprising jump to China makes him at least the third basketball player in the last seven years to skip college to play professionally overseas. College coaches and elite prep players here for USA Basketball's under-17 team trials aren't all sold on this as a trend, at least not yet.

  • How the TSSAA Saved Itself and High School Sports

    by Stephen Hargis July 2014

    When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach. In sports terms, it was late in the game and Childress's team was so far behind that a monumental rally was needed. The TSSAA had been financially drained after defending itself against one of its member schools -- Brentwood Academy -- in a lawsuit that circulated through the judicial system for 10 years, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. The football powerhouse never denied the recruiting violations it was accused of in 1997, but said that the penalty imposed by the TSSAA -- suspension from post-season play for two years and a $3,000 fine -- was too severe. After losing its appeal to the TSSAA, the school changed its argument, saying that its constitutional rights had been violated, and filed suit.

  • High School to Sell Long-Dormant Skyboxes for Games

    by Tiffany Holland July 2014

    It's not uncommon for Stephen Magenbauer to get stopped in the street by a stranger to discuss football. He's been Salem High School's head football coach for a decade and is well aware of the high school football enthusiasm that exists in the city. "We are fortunate to play football in a place where it is appreciated," he said.

  • Nonprofit IHSA Hit with Open-Records Lawsuit

    by CHRIS FUSCO. Staff Reporter July 2014

    The not-for-profit group that oversees high school sports in Illinois should be subject to state open-records law because it "performs a governmental function" and generates income "from events involving predominantly public schools," a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Better Government Association contends.

  • Wisconsin Latest to Launch High School Cycling League

    by ERIN RICHARDS, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014

    David Hertel is a 16-year-old long snapper who will play varsity football at Lake Mills High School this fall. But he also intends to compete in a new school sport that's attracting hundreds of students in Wisconsin and across the country: mountain bike racing.

  • School Board Bans Parents from Coaching Own Kids

    by Lindsay Street July 2014

    Despite strong public opposition, the Berkeley County school board approved Tuesday a so-called ban on parent coaches. The amendment to the district s student activity policy instructs principals not to assign volunteer parents of student athletes for coaching responsibilities at the varsity or junior varsity level within the program in which their son or daughter is participating. The rule allows for exceptions to be made at the discretion of the principal and for full-time employees of the district.

  • With Tommy John Surgery, Prep Pitchers Outnumber Pros

    by Laken Litman, @LakenLitman, USA TODAY Sports July 2014

    Kellen Sillanpaa remembers the big games. There was a no-hitter in the championship game of a travel tournament when he was 12; the "120-pitch epoch," where nobody came close to hitting it out of the infield; and the high school playoff game in which he struck out the side in relief as a freshman. Sillanpaa was competitive, talented and threw hard. College recruiters were watching. But there was a problem. Sillanpaa kept throwing through elbow pain and eventually needed Tommy John elbow surgery, from which he never fully recovered. The procedure, in which a pitcher's ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow is reconstructed, has become a topic of national conversation with 28 major leaguers having the surgery or expecting to have it this year. But the injury is also shutting down players years before they reach the big leagues, with the number of procedures at the youth level rising at an alarming rate. James Andrews, the famed orthopedic surgeon, has called it an epidemic.

  • Sports Policy Forgiving Freshmen 'Bombing' Clears Hurdle

    by Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer July 2014

    LEWISTON -- The Lewiston School Committee passed a first reading of a new athletic eligibility policy that would allow freshmen the ability to recover after "bombing" their first year of high school and eventually play sports. Committee members voted 5-1 Monday night, with Matthew Roy voting against, to approve the request made from Lewiston High School Athletic Director Jason Fuller. A second vote will be Aug. 18. If that passes, the new policy will take effect this fall.