• 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.

  • Schools Agree to Play Under Shared Mascot in All Sports

    by Maggie Menderski, Staff Writer July 2014

    WAVERLY - Franklin and Waverly high schools' sports teams will play under a new, unified mascot beginning with the 2015-16 school year. The Waverly School Board voted for the second time Wednesday to pass a sports co-op agreement with Franklin High School. It was a unanimous decision.

  • Ohio HS Football Coaches Customize Extra Practice Time


    To practice or not to practice in the summer? That is not the question for high school football coaches. The real question is when to use the 10 coaching days that are allotted by the OHSAA prior to the start of official team practices on Aug. 1. Some coaches use all or most of the days right before the first official practices, while others spread them out through the summer. Coaches try to do what they think will work best for their team.

  • Study: Consolidating HS Sports Facilities Not Worth It

    by JANE FORD-STEWART,, Muskego-New Berlin Now July 2014

    Although consolidating high school sports facilities to save money might seem like a good idea, it wouldn't work in New Berlin, a study concludes. At the request of the New Berlin schools, Milwaukee-based KPH Construction looked into sharing facilities for baseball, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track and swimming. It looked at one class A varsity field or pool for both high schools and sufficient practice space elsewhere.

  • School District Cancels Contract with Officials Provider

    by Adam Fisher and Scott Claire July 2014

    Collier County Public School District canceled its contract with the vendor that supplies sports officials Tuesday as controversy surrounds the private company’s finances.

  • Prep Officials Group Hopes to Resolve Compensation Flap

    by Scott Clair Daily News Correspondent July 2014

    While one managing partner is not talking, the other managing partner in the Collier Officials Group hopes to put together a plan to compensate a group of unpaid officials.

  • High School Hosts State Competition for Interior Linemen

    by Sam Waller 325-676-6777 July 2014

    The Wylie Pirates and Rogers Eagles won the team titles Saturday at the inaugural State Lineman Challenge at Hardin-Simmons’ Shelton Stadium. The event, the brainchild of HSU football coach Jesse Burleson, provides summer competition for interior linemen in contrast to the 7-on-7 competition for skill-position players. “The first one we ever did was 2001 when I was still coaching high school,” Burleson said. “We’ve been doing it for a long time, but we just keep trying to get better at it, come up with new ways. As long as you’re coaching, you’re out there for the kids and trying to help them get better.

  • MIAA Compromise Seeks to Resolve Playoff, SAT Conflict

    by Colleen Quinn, State House News Service July 2014

    BOSTON — Weeks after coming under fire for scheduling high school championship games at the same time as the SAT test, the statewide organization in charge of scheduling has developed a compromise with lawmakers to avoid the problem in the future. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association was criticized last month when the organization refused to reschedule games between Chelmsford and Methuen high schools and Hopkins Academy in Hadley and Turners Falls. The sporting events were scheduled for the same time as the June SAT tests. Some student-athletes had to choose between taking the test or playing in their championship games.

  • Virginia Coaches Shift All-Star Events to Up Exposure

    by Super User July 2014

    In an effort to draw more of the state's top college-bound prospects, the Virginia High School Coaches Association voted Wednesday to move its football and basketball all-star games away from July.