• Albuquerque Schools Issue New Transgender Policies

    by Kim Burgess June 2016

    Transgender students can use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity under new APS rules that quietly went into effect last week. The Albuquerque Public Schools procedural directive, titled "Non-Discrimination for Students: Gender Identity and Expression," also permits transgender kids to "participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner consistent with their gender identity" unless prohibited by state interscholastic association policies. APS posted the directive online June 8, making it official district policy, according to spokesman Rigo Chavez, who said staff training on the rules began this week and will continue through the summer. Under the new protections, transgender students are able to essentially live as the gender that matches their identity. A child who was born male but identifies as female can choose a new name, dress as a girl, be addressed as "she," play on girls sports teams and access the girls restroom and locker room.

  • Major Changes Coming to Florida HS Playoffs?

    by Jodie Wagner June 2016

    The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering a proposal that would drastically alter the state football playoff format starting in 2017, including the elimination of district play for small schools and doing away with the automatic bids that go to district runners-up in large-school classifications. Introduced this year and fine-tuned Tuesday during an FHSAA Board of Directors meeting, the proposal would abandon the district format in Classes 1A-4A, and determine most postseason qualifiers based on a points system weighed heavily toward strength of schedule.

  • Football Coaches Line Up to Learn Tackling Techniques

    by News & Record June 2016

    Guilford and Surry County high school and middle school football coaches are learning new techniques to try to make football safer for student-athletes. Coaches on Tuesday attended USA Football's Heads Up clinic at Grimsley High School, just days before offseason 7-on-7 drills begin.

  • Teen Dies After High School Football Workout

    by Sarah Newell Williamson and Joe Gamm June 2016

    An incoming freshman at Page High School died Tuesday after he became ill at a football conditioning workout. Karson Cross, 14, attended the workout, which began at 5 p.m. Monday. Within 30 to 45 minutes, he became ill, according to Leigh Hebbard, director of activities, athletics and driver's education for Guilford County Schools.

  • School Board Developing New Activity Fund Policy

    by Telegram & Gazette June 2016

    A new policy regulating how student activity funds will be managed in the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District is taking shape, with the School Committee voting Tuesday to move the proposal to a second reading.

  • HS AD, Coach Feud Over Use of New Turf Field

    by Jonathan Hull June 2016

    At 10:52 p.m. Monday, Ward posted about a heated exchange he had with Wichita Falls ISD Athletic Director Scot Hafley in regard to use of the new turf practice field being installed at Rider High School.

  • AD Job Offer Rescinded for Second Time, Board to Vote

    by Marc Pendleton June 2016

    The Dayton Public Schools board of education has rescinded for a second time an offer to fill the position of athletic director. Board President Adil Baguirov confirmed after an executive session Tuesday night at the DPS administration building a second offer had been made, then retracted.

  • Louisiana Private Schools Mull Split from Association

    by Stuart Goldman June 2016

    Parochial schools in the state of Louisiana are considering forming their own organization apart from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) after principals of LHSAA schools narrowly voted last week to extend the public-private school split to include basketball, baseball and softball.

  • Opinion: Punishing Players for Earlier Cheating Unfair

    by Vince Grippi June 2016

    An incoming freshman at Bellevue High this year would play some 34 football games in his four years, about 35 percent fewer than a recently graduated senior may have played and about 20 percent fewer than the typical high school football player in this state.

  • Utah to Consider Changes to HS Athletic Transfer Policy

    by Amy Donaldson June 2016

    Proposed changes to the high school transfer policy would make it even tougher for student-athletes in Utah to switch schools and continue playing varsity sports.