Programming: High School
AD: Transfers Denied Eligibility for Issues Out of Control
by RONNIE BLAIR; Tribune staff August 2014
The Pasco County School Board is taking another look at its athletic transfer policy, just one year after the policy was put into place in an effort to prevent students and coaches from circumventing recruiting rules. Board Vice Chairman Steve Luikart asked for a workshop to discuss the rules next week after a mother and father complained Tuesday that their sons aren't being allowed to play sports after transferring to Ridgewood High School from Fivay High. The policy is definitely not clear enough as it should be, Luikart said.
TSSAA Makes Popular Decision to Revamp Football Playoff
by Ward Gossett August 2014
he TSSAA Board of Control voted unanimously Monday to approve a revamped football playoff system that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year. The plan places the state's 32 largest high schools in Class 6A with all 32 advancing to the postseason. The state's other five classifications will revert to a previous system that will do away with the computer-generated rankings that have determined playoff participants and seeds for the past three seasons. "Think of it like this -- going back to the old five-class system; eight regions each class; top four teams in each region go to playoffs," TSSAA assistant executive director Matthew Gillespie said. "Then just add the 32 largest schools in the state in their own class, where all 32 go to playoffs.
Appeals Court Mulls Student-Transfer Eligibility Ruling
by NICK WILLIAMS; Tribune staff August 2014
Enforcement of the Hillsborough County School District's participation policy for student transfers is in limbo pending the outcome of an appeals court decision.
Study: Fitness Lessens Depression Risk for Young Girls
by Rexford Sheild August 2014
According to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement, roughly 11 percent of adolescents experience a depressive disorder by age 18. However, in a recent study led by Camilo Ruggero of North Texas, there may be a solution to combat this issue, especially for young middle school girls. Ruggero and his team, presenting at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., last Thursday, suggested that getting teenage girls physically fit can combat the risks of depression.
Ohio Prep Football Teams Gear Up for Running Clock
by Marc Pendleton August 2014
A new rule should prevent teams such as Belmont (0-9 last season) from absorbing lopsided football losses. That's because for the first time a second-half running clock will be used in Ohio high school football if the spread reaches 30 points. Six of Belmont's games were decided by 48 or more points last season. Much of those margins were determined by halftime.
Football Coaches Differ on New Illinois Contact Rules
by Tim Froehlig. For Sun-Times Media August 2014
High school football coaches and players in this corner of the state have varying opinions about the IHSA's new contact rules, which were approved in April and have been used for the first time this summer.
Miami-Dade Schools to Introduce Steroid Testing Pilot
by Rexford Sheild August 2014
After Tony Bosch and a slew of his associates were arrested in connection with providing steroids to MLB players as well as high school athletes on Tuesday, the Miami-Dade School Board introduced a steroid testing pilot program that is slated to begin during the 2014-15 school year.
School System Considers Expanding P.E. Waiver Policy
by JANE FORD-STEWART, email@example.com, Muskego-New Berlin Now August 2014
More high school students who take part in regular physical fitness activities would be excused from school physical education classes as the New Berlin School Board considers widening its PE waiver policy.
School District Awards Contract to New Officiating Group
by Adam Fisher, Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014
After a months-long saga that threatened to disrupt prep athletic contests, Collier County Public Schools soon will have a new contractor supplying its sports officials.
Staph Outbreak Cancels Prep Football Team's Practice
by firstname.lastname@example.org August 2014
Wando High School canceled football practice Wednesday after some players came down with staph infections, according to principal Lucy Beckham.