• Schools Review Flag Policies After HS Football Incident

    by; August 2016

    As a high school in Greenville County was fending off criticism on social media after students were barred from bringing American flags to a football game over the weekend, local school administrators were reviewing their policies about flags and sporting events.

  • Report: Coach First to Investigate Player Sex Incident

    by Pamela McCabe August 2016

    Documents outlining the results of an investigation into a bathroom sex incident at South Fort Myers High School were released Friday afternoon by the Lee County School District. They include allegations against Anthony Dixon, the head football coach who has been suspended without pay, and Nathan O'Jibway, a teacher who has lost his coaching position.

  • Applications to Officiate HS Football Games Declining

    by Cory Mull and Adam Fisher August 2016

    Officiating does not pay much, usually $65-$80 for a varsity game, nor does it offer much in the way the way of consistency. The SGFOA serves 24 area high schools from Lake Placid to Port Charlotte and all of Lee County. They also serve JV and freshman games across the region.

  • Board Penalizes High School for Practice Violations

    by Rick Ryan August 2016

    Wheeling Central's football program was hit with penalties by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Wednesday for practice violations earlier this month. The SSAC Board of Directors suspended veteran head coach Mike Young for both his team's preseason scrimmages (a penalty already served), placed his entire coaching staff on probation for one year and took away four of the Maroon Knights' six allotted "flex" days next summer, which are used for out-of-season coaching.

  • Low Numbers Lead HS to Sack JV Team

    by Miguel Rodriguez August 2016

    The varsity team only had 19 athletes show up for the first day of practice on Aug. 15 and injuries have resulted in the need to bring up junior varsity players. By cancelling JV for this season, the varsity team will now have a roster of 31.

  • New Jersey Schools Host First No-Tackle Scrimmage

    by Josh Barnett August 2016

    Blair Academy in New Jersey has long had a policy of no tackling in practice. With a small roster that's hovered at about 35 players on the varsity and junior varsity combined, the school couldn't afford to lose players to injury. That no-tackle philosophy now will be applied to a three-team scrimmage scheduled for Saturday with Kittatinny and Belvidere that is thought to be the first of its kind nationally.

  • Football Team Forfeits Games Amid Hazing Allegations

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    An Indiana high school football team is forfeiting its second game of the season amid hazing allegations that led to the suspension of several of its players.

  • Autistic Teen Fights for Football Eligibility

    by Joseph Popiolkowski August 2016

    Jacob Kohler, who was diagnosed with autism as a child and needs a fifth year to graduate, has been ruled ineligible to play by Section VI, which governs Western New York high school sports.

  • Low Participation Forces HS Football Team to Reclassify

    by Sun Journal August 2016

    Practice resumed late Monday afternoon for the Boothbay Region High School football team, a proud program with five state championships to its credit and a regional crown just nine years ago.

  • Opinion: Open School Facilities Lead to Healthier Public

    by Chris Stansbury August 2016

    While many of our communities lack public gyms, private health clubs or even specified walking trails, every community has schools and every school has some level of athletic facilities. Over the years, access to these facilities for unorganized public recreation has been hampered by liability lawsuits and increased regulation.