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  • N.C. High Schools Hope to Meet Title IX Standards with Stunt

    by Andrew Brandt June 2014

    In 2010, the Office of Civil Rights deemed that both traditional and competitive cheerleading did not meet the requirements of Title IX to be considered sports.

    The sport called stunt, a cross between gymnastics and competitive cheerleading, has been constructed to meet those standards.

    Related: Cheer Evolving, But Will NCAA Call It an Emerging Sport?

    According to The State, stunt will begin making waves across Wake County, N.C. high schools next spring. The sport will consist of both regular head-to-head matches and competitions, which will be divided into four parts: partner stunts, pyramids and tosses, group jumps and tumbling and team performance.

    By beginning in the spring, stunt won’t have to jockey for gym time with existing sports like basketball and volleyball. And like diving, stunt scores will be determined by mastery. Rather than create new moves, participants are required to perfect particular routines.

    Wake County will be the first in the state to offer stunt as a competitive sport, and their hope that it introduces more girls to interscholastic athletics is a promising one. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in it,” said Darren Coe, the Wake County Schools senior administrator for athletics.

    Related: AMA: Cheerleading as Rigorous, Risky as Any Sport

    Previously, Wake County didn’t have a high enough percentage of girls competing to meet Title IX standards. And the North Carolina High School Athletic Association currently hosts championships in 11 sports for boys—and only 10 for girls.

    If stunt raises enough interest, however, it could very well become sport number 11 for girls. Here’s to hoping stunt becomes something greater than its name suggests.

     

  • Parent Behavior, Cyberbullying Hurting High School Sportsmanship

    by Dennis Van Milligen June 2014

    It is widely acknowledged that the role of high school athletics is to promote life-skills education through sports, but lately a key life skill in this equation — sportsmanship — has deteriorated on the interscholastic level to the point that one high school athletic association recently considered banning the time-honored post-game handshake.

  • AD: Ban on Parent-Coaches Would Devastate Teams

    by Post & Courier June 2014

    A proposal to ban so-called dad coaches from high school sports in Berkeley County has some residents riled up, and some athletic directors and coaches concerned. The Berkeley County school board, which meets Tuesday night in Moncks Corner, is considering a proposal that would prevent volunteer coaches from coaching their own children at the varsity and junior varsity levels. More than 350 people have signed a petition at change.org to protest the idea. The children of Berkeley County deserve to have as many programs available to them as possible, Moncks Corner resident Sally Wofford wrote in the petition. Banning parent coaches will reduce the number of teams.

  • Coach Photographed Drinking Beer Around Players Fired

    by The Orange County Register June 2014

    Jay Creps, who led Chatsworth's softball team to the L.A. City Section Division 1 championship game this season, was fired last week by Principal Tim Guy after a parent turned in a photo of him drinking beer out of a bottle during a team bonding party at his home that was attended by parents and players in either 2012 or 2013. Creps, who just completed his fifth year as coach, was confronted with the photo from the party and was told by Guy that it was against district policy to have any alcohol at any team function. Creps reportedly was given the option of resigning or being fired and refused to quit.

  • School Board Focused on Fixing Coaching Stipends

    by Ann Work June 2014

    Even though divvying out Wichita Falls ISD coaching stipends correctly has been a headache for administrators and coaches for years, this is the year to fix it, according to WFISD Board President Trey Sralla. Board members focused Tuesday in a special budget work session on concerns surrounding two issues: stipends for coaches’ second sports and head coach salaries. Sralla pushed past the administration’s handout comparing the Texas Association of School Board’s stipend averages for 4A and 5A schools with WFISD stipends to understand how WFISD awarded the compensation for coaches who coach more than one sport.

  • IHSA Puts 'Success Factor' Reclassification on Hold

    by Mike Clark, Staff Reporter June 2014

    The "success factor" has been put on hold. On Monday, the Illinois High School Association board of directors voted to wait until the 2015-16 school year to implement the success factor criteria and changes to the enrollment multiplier waiver for non-boundaried schools.

  • UHSAA Okays Success Rate Formula for Reclassification

    by James Edward Deseret News June 2014

    A year after a sixth classification was introduced to Utah high school football, the Utah High School Activities Association is tweaking how teams are placed in classifications.

  • Helmets Will Be Mandatory for Girls' Lacrosse in Florida

    by Jodie Wagner, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    In an effort to protect against head injuries, the Florida High School Athletic Association will require girls lacrosse players to wear helmets beginning in 2015. The FHSAA adopted the measure at its Board of Directors meeting Tuesday in Gainesville. Boys lacrosse players already are required to wear helmets during competition.

  • Prep Soccer Team Accused of Using Racial Slurs at Game

    by Mike Connors June 2014

    One day before its state semifinal contest, Grassfield's boys soccer team was dealing with allegations that some of its players had used racial slurs toward opposing players in the region final against C.D. Hylton.

  • TSSAA Proposes 'Best of Both Worlds' Classification Plan

    by Stephen Hargis June 2014

    Looking to simplify the state's high school football playoff scenario, TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress unveiled a classification plan designed to combine the best aspects of two proposals.