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  • California Prep Coaches Grapple with New Contact Rules

    by STEVE FRYER, Staff Writer July 2014

    The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to two full-contact practices a week during the season, with such practices restricted to 90 minutes, and prohibits any full-contact practices during the offseason. The restrictions represent the latest and perhaps most aggressive attempt to reduce concussions and other head injuries incurred in youth football. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools.

  • High School Sports Talk Coming to The Comcast Network

    by Daily News Staff Report July 2014

    THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release.

  • Study: Sports Participation Makes for Better Employees

    by Rexford Sheild July 2014

    Playing sports has been associated with a long list of benefits related to physical, mental and social development among youths. Now, add career longevity to that list. Kevin Kniffin, a behavioral science professor at Cornell University, along with Brian Wansink and Mitsuru Shimizu, found that people who played youth and high school sports made better employees later in life and had more career opportunities.

  • 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

    by AARON DORKSEN, ANDREW VOGEL July 2014

    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, jford@jrn.com, 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.