• Lacrosse Teams Go Co-Ed in Hopes of Growing Girls' Game

    by Amber Campbell Voice correspondent August 2014

    According to data collected by the National Federation of State High School Associations, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at the high school level. Between 2007 and 2012, 750 schools added boys’ teams and 638 schools added girls’ teams in the United States.

  • Would Earlier Signing Period Solve or Create Problems?

    by Mark Znidar, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014

    Dublin Scioto senior Nick Conner could recite the names of Ohio State football players while growing up like he could the letters of the alphabet. There is a poster of former All-America defensive lineman Mike Vrabel tacked on a wall in the "Buckeye Room" of his family's home. So Conner did not have to sleep on it when coach Urban Meyer offered him a scholarship for the 2015 class during a break at a summer camp on the afternoon of June 18.

  • Weather-Plagued HS Football Games Costly for Schools

    by Adam Fisher August 2014

    Lightning storms across Southwest Florida wreaked havoc on the first night of high school football Friday. The effects, both good and bad, of the weather on area teams could last longer than one preseason game. Some teams waited out lengthy delays. Some played into Saturday morning. Others didn’t even get started. Coaches whose teams played were thankful to get their games in. Those who had their games canceled have extra work before the start of the regular season Friday.

  • Running a HS Athletic Department Mixes Rewards, Stress

    by Mike Lowe, Staff Writer August 2014

    There was a time when the high school athletic director was a coach (probably football or basketball), definitely a teacher. These days, only at smaller schools do you find athletic directors who also coach or teach.

  • High School Cancels Football Season After Two Practices

    by Mary Jo Monnin, News Sports Reporter August 2014

    Pine Valley High School's football season came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when administrators were forced to cancel the season because of a lack of players.

  • Counterpoint: Steubenville Second Chance a Good Thing

    by The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register August 2014

    It would have been easy for Steubenville High School football Coach Reno Saccoccia to say no when Ma'Lik Richmond asked to rejoin the team. But Saccoccia chose to give Richmond a second chance - and he should be supported in that.

  • Minnesota Law: Parent Complaints Still Dog HS Coaches

    by David LaVaque, Star Tribune Staff Writer August 2014

    A new law enacted to keep disgruntled parents from costing Minnesota high school coaches their jobs seems to have quelled some of the potential firings. Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the law stipulated that "parent complaints must not be the sole reason" for a school board to get rid of a coach.

  • Several Factors Behind Small-School Football Attrition

    by Dave Kane, Staff Writer August 2014

    Some Class 1A-3A area high school football programs are dealing with a low number of players, even by small-school standards. With season openers less than two weeks away, coaches are facing depth issues even before factoring in the injuries that come over nine weeks. There could be some uphill sledding this season.

  • Opinion: UHSAA 'Success Factor' Would Lift Lowly Teams

    by Kurt Kragthorpe Tribune Columnist August 2014

    Having just introduced a sixth class of football, the Utah High School Activities Association now is considering realignment strategy that would reward losing.

  • Some Kids Say High School Football Not Worth the Effort

    by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH August 2014

    A disturbing refrain is being echoed by coaches throughout high-school football two-a-days of late: Our numbers are down.