• MIAA Votes Down Rugby as Varsity Sport, 13 to Nil

    by Dan Ventura May 2015

    Rugby is experiencing a growth in several Massachusetts communities, just not enough to sway the MIAA board of directors.

  • Today's Phys. Ed. Classes Go Beyond Team Sports

    by Jared Pendak, Valley News Staff Writer April 2015

    Across the Upper Valley, traditional team sports models within public high school physical education curriculums are being replaced by fitness and personal-growth initiatives.

  • How Is South Carolina Reclassification Going to Work?

    by Lake Morris April 2015

    Last week the South Carolina High School League’s (SCHSL) executive committee held its April meeting, and the board approved, among other things, adding a competition classification by creating AAAAA starting in 2016.

  • FHSAA Spring Football a Gift for Coaches, Recruiters

    by Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer April 2015

    High school football is a year-round sport in Florida. It's one of the reasons college coaches love to recruit the state.

  • Documentary Takes Inside Look at Sport of Cheerleading

    by Paul Guzzo, Tribune staff April 2015

    Cheerleaders once served mainly to whip up enthusiasm for the athletes on the field. Now, many are elite athletes in their own right, thrilling crowds at cheer competitions.

  • High School's Zero-Period Class Under Investigation

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    A California high school’s athletic department is under scrutiny for a number of violations, the latest being a zero-period football class that some speculate was made to get in additional practice time or to boost the GPAs of football players. 

  • Ultimate Ready to Become a Sanctioned Sport in Maine?

    by Steve Craig April 2015

    Ultimate is not an officially sanctioned high school sport, but it has become a fast-growing alternative to more traditional sports. Fogden is one of more than 600 Maine high schoolers playing this spring.

  • SCHSL's Private School Proposal Would Violate State Law

    by April 2015

    The S.C. High School League's proposal to force private schools such as Bishop England to play up a classification likely would have violated state law, according to an opinion from the state attorney general s office.

  • SCHSL Tables Private School Issue, OKs 5-Class System

    by J. Hartsell, Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) April 2015

    The S.C. High School League decided Tuesday to divide its member schools into five classifications beginning in 2016-17, but punted on a proposal that would have forced private schools such as Bishop England to play up a class.

  • Bill Banning 'Redskins' Moniker Advances in California

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    The state of California is poised to quell any further debate over whether “Redskins” is an inappropriate athletic team name once and for all. The California Racial Mascots Act, advanced to a state Assembly panel on Tuesday, would prohibit the use of the name by any public school beginning January 1, 2016. 

    “There is obviously a lack of respect when we allow teams to brand themselves with racial slurs,” said assemblyman Luis Alejo, the bill’s author. “The R-word was once used to describe Native American scalps sold for bounty, and in today's society it has become widely recognized as a racial slur.”

    There are currently four public schools in the state that use the name Redskins for their athletic programs. The affected schools would not be required to cease all use of the name. Items such as yearbooks and newspapers would not longer be able to utilize the name, but to prevent financial hardship, schools would be allowed to keep uniforms and other materials bearing the name, provided they have selected a new name. Under the legislation, schools would be able to purchase up to 20 percent of uniforms with the old name until 2019.

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    “Tulare Union Redskins are part of a long and proud tradition dating back to 1890,” Sarah Koligian, superintendent of Tulare Join Union High School District, one of the four holdout schools, told  SFGate. “Our school has worked closely with our local Indian tribes to include them in the discussion regarding how the Tulare Union Redskin depicts both pride and respect.”

    The bill, approved last month by the Assembly Education Committee, was approved by the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media but must go through another committee before advancing to the Assembly floor.

    “It’s a small thing we can do in California that is part of a national movement to phase out the use of racial slurs as mascots,” Alejo said.

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