• Appeals Court Mulls Student-Transfer Eligibility Ruling

    by NICK WILLIAMS; Tribune staff August 2014

    Enforcement of the Hillsborough County School District's participation policy for student transfers is in limbo pending the outcome of an appeals court decision.

  • Study: Fitness Lessens Depression Risk for Young Girls

    by Rexford Sheild August 2014

    According to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement, roughly 11 percent of adolescents experience a depressive disorder by age 18. However, in a recent study led by Camilo Ruggero of North Texas, there may be a solution to combat this issue, especially for young middle school girls. Ruggero and his team, presenting at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., last Thursday, suggested that getting teenage girls physically fit can combat the risks of depression. 

  • Ohio Prep Football Teams Gear Up for Running Clock

    by Marc Pendleton August 2014

    A new rule should prevent teams such as Belmont (0-9 last season) from absorbing lopsided football losses. That's because for the first time a second-half running clock will be used in Ohio high school football if the spread reaches 30 points. Six of Belmont's games were decided by 48 or more points last season. Much of those margins were determined by halftime.

  • Football Coaches Differ on New Illinois Contact Rules

    by Tim Froehlig. For Sun-Times Media August 2014

    High school football coaches and players in this corner of the state have varying opinions about the IHSA's new contact rules, which were approved in April and have been used for the first time this summer.

  • Miami-Dade Schools to Introduce Steroid Testing Pilot

    by Rexford Sheild August 2014

    After Tony Bosch and a slew of his associates were arrested in connection with providing steroids to MLB players as well as high school athletes on Tuesday, the Miami-Dade School Board introduced a steroid testing pilot program that is slated to begin during the 2014-15 school year. 

  • School System Considers Expanding P.E. Waiver Policy

    by JANE FORD-STEWART,, Muskego-New Berlin Now August 2014

    More high school students who take part in regular physical fitness activities would be excused from school physical education classes as the New Berlin School Board considers widening its PE waiver policy.

  • School District Awards Contract to New Officiating Group

    by Adam Fisher, Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014

    After a months-long saga that threatened to disrupt prep athletic contests, Collier County Public Schools soon will have a new contractor supplying its sports officials.

  • Staph Outbreak Cancels Prep Football Team's Practice

    by August 2014

    Wando High School canceled football practice Wednesday after some players came down with staph infections, according to principal Lucy Beckham.

  • Is Sun Setting on Summer HS Baseball in Wisconsin?

    by John Rech, Muskego-New Berlin Now August 2014

    When the final Homestead batter grounded out to third base and Brookfield Central started its WIAA state championship celebration July 25 at Kapco Park, another summer baseball season came to a close. Summer baseball has been going on since 1965 and has created many lasting memories, especially for the 26 NOW Newspapers area teams that have claimed state crowns. As the bats and gloves are put away for another year, however, a lingering question remains: for how many more seasons will the summer game as we now know it continue to exist? After starting out in 1965 with 42 teams, the participation number steadily increased over the next 35 years, reaching its high point in 1999 with 110 teams.

  • Opinion: High School Football Will Never Be Totally Safe

    by Jay Evensen, Deseret News August 2014

    Last month, California lawmakers passed a bill limiting full-contact football practices for middle- and high-school players to two 90-minute workouts per week. Not long after, the Utah High School Activities Association implemented a new rule requiring all athletes to have yearly physical exams, rather than only one during their high school careers.