RECENT ARTICLES
  • How to Weed Out Trouble-Making High School Sports Fans

    by Michael Popke March 2012

    In a brief but volatile confrontation with a referee officiating his daughter's basketball game at Albuquerque, N.M.'s Volcano Vista High School in January, Paul Alfaro flung a vulgarity the official's way.

  • High School Sports Teams Stretch Out with Yoga

    by Michael Popke February 2012

    When baseball practice begins next month at Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School, Matt Rigsby will find out whether the optional once-a-week yoga classes he has been offering his players since September have paid off.

  • 'Battle of the Fans' Seeks Top High School Cheering Section

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor January 2012

    Who says school spirit is dead? Not students at the five Michigan high schools that have made it to the finals of that state's inaugural "Battle of the Fans." Developed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the contest seeks to recognize the top student cheering section in the state. Organized by MHSAA staff and its 16-member Student Advisory Council, it will reward the section that best exemplifies the positive and festive atmosphere created when students show enthusiasm, unity and sportsmanship while rooting for their school's basketball teams.

  • How High School ADs Can Rein in Questionable Coaching Behavior

    by Michael Popke December 2011

    The final months of 2011 brought almost weekly stories of high school coaches misbehaving.

  • Schools Struggle to Find Where Fitness Fits

    by Michael Popke November 2011

    If you want to know just how desperately educators in New York City are trying to make fitness a priority for their students, look no further than Public School 197 in Queens.

  • 'Life of an Athlete' Helps Kids Make Smart Choices

    by Michael Popke October 2011

    On the final Saturday night in September, a group of student-athletes from Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School hosted the first all-school "dry party" - three hours of open gym and swim, inflatable jousting, plenty of pizza and college football on TV in the commons, with members of the football, soccer, volleyball and dance booster clubs donating their time and resources.

  • High Schools Get Aggressive About Concussion Education

    by Michael Popke September 2011

    Arizona is leading the next phase of concussion education and management.

  • Columbus, Ohio, Seeks to Keep Teens Off the Streets

    by Emily Attwood September 2011

    The opening day of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee had all the elements normally associated with state fairs - hot weather, carnival rides and games, and barns filled with cows.

  • New Efforts to Revive Structured Physical Education Abound

    by Michael Popke March 2011

    Most school gymnasiums are filled more often than not these days - hosting much-needed blood drives, fundraisers for vital school and community needs, and revenue-generating offseason sports camps.

  • School, Park Districts Explore Partnership to Save Sports

    by Michael Popke February 2011

    When Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools announced two weeks into 2011 that it was exploring a partnership that would transfer operation of interscholastic sports to the Rockford Park District, school officials cited several benefits.