• One in Four IHSA Staffers Gets $110K in Salary, Benefits


    More than one of every four employees of the Illinois High School Association - the governing body for high school sports in Illinois - gets more than $110,000 a year in pay and benefits, according to Internal Revenue Service records.

  • Change Within GHSA Gives Hope for Public/Private Split

    by Lindsey Young May 2014

    On the surface all is quiet on the possibility of a complete public/private school split in Georgia. Behind the scenes is a different story and one that could play out over the next two-year classification cycle.

  • School Disricts Grapple with Youth Tackle Football Safety

    by Nicole Shepard Deseret News May 2014

    Due to mounting evidence that football injuries are causing long-term brain trauma, U.S. school districts are considering removing tackle-football programs for their younger students.

  • Iliinois Boys' Basketball Touranment Profits Plummeting


    Between 2006 and last year, profits from the tournament fell by 29 percent, government records filed by the IHSA show. Revenues - mostly from ticket sales - decreased by 17 percent between 2009 and last year. IHSA spending on salaries and employee benefits, meanwhile, is up 21 percent in just one year's time, according to the private, not-for-profit group's most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Competitive Balance Plan Approved for Ohio High Schools

    by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    A competitive-balance proposal was passed yesterday by members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association after years of trying. Even so, there was a wait-and-see reaction to the news. No one, including OHSAA commissioner Dan Ross, is sure what impact the plan -- which will modify how schools are classified for postseason tournaments in certain sports -- will have on curtailing a perceived imbalance in championships won by public and private schools. "I've said all along that this piece is a journey and this is just a starting point," said Ross, who headed a committee that drafted the proposal, which was passed 411-323 in a two-week vote of principals statewide. Proposals in each of the previous three years had failed, albeit by progressively narrower margins.

  • Coaches in Athletic Gear Kickback Scheme Seek Jobs


    Former Capistrano Unified School District high school coaches Charles "Chi Chi" Biehn, Brent Melbon and Eric Patton were fired in February 2012 after an investigation into accusations that they participated in a kickback scheme from 1993 to 2008 involving Lapes Athletic Team Sales in Laguna Hills.

  • High Schools to Replace Poorly Rated Football Helmets

    by Super User May 2014

    Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth high schools say they plan to phase out the more than 300 football helmets that carry a low safety rating from researchers at Virginia Tech.

  • High School to Hold 'Run for the Lights' 10K Fundraiser

    by Madhu Krishnamurthy May 2014

    Piece by piece, the South Elgin High School community hopes to equip the school's stadium to bring it up to the standard of modern athletic fields. Students have been using the stadium, which opened in 2011, only during daylight hours since it lacks the lighting needed for night games.

  • School Board Agrees to Waive Extracurricular Fees

    by Charlie Boss & Collin Binkley, The Columbus Dispatch May 2014

    Student athletes and band members at Hamilton schools won't have to worry about fees this fall. At least this once, the district is footing the bill.

  • School Committee Rejects Pay-to-Play Sports Model

    by Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer May 2014

    Lewiston High School athletes will not pay to play sports next year after the Lewiston School Committee Monday night rejected the proposal as a way to raise more money for sports.