• Lawsuit: HS Hired Coach Despite Inappropriate Contact

    by Brian Bowling April 2016

    Mt. Lebanon School District knowingly hired a girls volleyball coach in April 2015 who had been banned from school district property over allegations of inappropriate sexual contact years earlier with two varsity volleyball players, four girls and their parents claim in a lawsuit against the district, its athletic director and the coach.

  • How Lacrosse Became an Official HS Sport in Illinois

    by Christopher Placek April 2016

    Seven years ago, suburban athletic directors went to the Illinois High School Association to promote lacrosse, a sport that was growing in popularity among youths in the suburbs. More and more high schoolers were joining school-sponsored and parent-organized club teams, and supporters believed lacrosse deserved the same recognition as other sports by the IHSA, which governs high school athletics statewide. "I thought it should be like football, baseball, golf and everybody else," said Steve Rockrohr, athletic director at Glenbrook South. "I thought it was only fair. They deserve to be on an equal footing with everyone else."

  • Athletic Trainers Seek Changes to Protect HS Athletes

    by Jane Brody April 2016

    With all the attention on national rules to prevent and properly treat injuries to professional and college athletes, it may surprise you to learn that there are no nationwide guidelines to protect high school athletes from crippling or fatal injuries. Instead, it is up to individual states and the schools within them to adopt policies and practices that help to assure the safety of children who play organized school or league sports. But most states and schools have yet to enact needed safety measures, according to data from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

  • Opinion: Enforcing HS Rules Ensures Effectiveness

    by Amy Donaldson April 2016

    Last week the Utah High School Activities Association disciplined two schools for rules violations. To some, the infractions seemed small. Really? If these violations seem insignificant, which rules are worth enforcing and who gets to decide when they matter? The only thing that matters more than having well-crafted rules in place is the commitment to enforce them. We institute rules in an attempt to protect the integrity of the competition. Even if you hate them, remember that without them, we'd have chaos.

  • HS Experimenting with Non-Traditional PE Class

    by Thomas Doohan April 2016

    The class takes the place of a traditional physical education class. PE teacher Joe Combs said students are given online modules they take home and complete. The modules include lessons on physical fitness and exercises.

  • Maine High Schools Scrambling for Coaches

    by Steve Craig April 2016

    Freeport High athletic director Craig Sickels was facing a big problem in early 2015. The softball season was fast approaching and he was still without a varsity coach.

  • Soccer Player, Team Punished After Punch

    by Chris Thomas April 2016

    A Lenoir City High School boys soccer player has been banned from playing any sport for the school through graduation for “striking a Farragut player with a closed fist” in the side of the head during a game played at Lenoir City on Tuesday.

  • Beach Volleyball to Become Official HS Sport in Florida

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    Beginning in the spring of 2017, beach volleyball will become an official high school sport in the state of Florida.

  • Principal Bans Tackling from Annual Powder-Puff Game

    by Sonja Isger April 2016

    Should two squads of high school girls be permitted to strap on full pads and helmets, stomp out onto the gridiron and go at it in a game of just-like-the-boys tackle football? For 50 years, as spring rolled around at Jupiter High School, the answer has been a resounding "yes."

  • Wisconsin Board Approves HS Conference Realignment

    by Mark Stewart April 2016

    The WIAA Board of Control approved a conference realignment proposal for southeast Wisconsin that will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-'18 school year. But the vote Tuesday didn't come without angst. The group that gave unanimous approval to the plan in January gave final approval by only a 7-4 margin at the group's monthly meeting at the WIAA's offices. That final vote came after an appeal hearing of almost 90 minutes and a closed caucus session of about 15. Despite the finality of the vote, the board offered the schools affected by realignment the chance to present an alternative to the board that the board would approve if the plan had unanimous support from the affected schools. "So let's say the ones with Waukesha and West Allis and New Berlin and the Wauwatosas. In the groups that they're in, if those conferences can agree to change things and they all agree, they can bring it back," WIAA associate director Deb Hauser said. "Sure."