Programming: High School
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.
California Prep Coaches Grapple with New Contact Rules
by STEVE FRYER, Staff Writer July 2014
The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to two full-contact practices a week during the season, with such practices restricted to 90 minutes, and prohibits any full-contact practices during the offseason. The restrictions represent the latest and perhaps most aggressive attempt to reduce concussions and other head injuries incurred in youth football. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools.
High School Sports Talk Coming to The Comcast Network
by Daily News Staff Report July 2014
THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release.
Study: Sports Participation Makes for Better Employees
by Rexford Sheild July 2014
Playing sports has been associated with a long list of benefits related to physical, mental and social development among youths. Now, add career longevity to that list. Kevin Kniffin, a behavioral science professor at Cornell University, along with Brian Wansink and Mitsuru Shimizu, found that people who played youth and high school sports made better employees later in life and had more career opportunities.
Opinion: District Should Have Vetted Officials Provider
by Naples Daily News July 2014
Collier County Public Schools Collier County Public Schools staff blew the call in deciding not to check out the leaders of the organization that hires officials for athletic contests. The district this week notified the Collier Officials Group it no longer will be its vendor to coordinate the hiring of sports officials for high school games. This came after revelations by Daily News reporter Adam Fisher and correspondent Scott Clair that more than 30 umpires and officials hadn’t been paid the total of $30,000 or more they were owed by COG for working games this spring.
Opinion: Embattled IHSA Works Hard for Athletes
by Greg Cohen July 2014
The Illinois High School Association is an easy target. It is difficult for me to watch quietly as people attack this organization. The people attacking the IHSA get upset over one event, one decision or one action and don't recognize all of the good the IHSA does for students and athletes in the state of Illinois. The IHSA administers to more than 800 public and private schools. They range in enrollment from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Rockford with 11 students, to Morton in Berwyn-Cicero with 8,327 students.