• High School Approves $20M in Athletic, Rec Upgrades

    by JEFF RUMAGE, June 2014

    Glendale - Nicolet High School will solicit donations to build an improved football field, 13-court tennis complex and a joint recreation facility. Presented with three different renovation options, the Nicolet Union High School District School Board voted unanimously on Monday, June 23 to pursue what has been referred to at a public information meeting as "Option 2," which calls for $17 million to $20 million in fundraising and naming rights donations. The School Board hopes to offset those costs with the sale of the upper field on the opposite side of Interstate 43, which the district expects to generate between $7 million and $10 million.

  • Notice Policy Leaves School Tight Window to Hire Coach

    by Kenny Ryan 361-886-3747 June 2014

    Carroll’s search for a new baseball coach will have to be a quick one. As in, the district will have five days to interview candidates and make a hire. Not the next five days, but the five-day span stretching from July 7-11.

  • School Board Okays $4M Stadium, But Questions Linger

    by Dean Lee Evans, Correspondent June 2014

    The Donegal School District is moving forward with a roughly $4 million athletic stadium, despite lingering questions on exact costs and reimbursement from a proposed capital campaign.

  • WIAA, Football Coaches Ponder Less Practice Hitting

    by MARK STEWART, June 2014

    Prep Football The WIAA and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association are closing in on enacting a plan that would limit player-on-player contact during practice, and the rules could be in place in time for the start of the upcoming season.

  • School Board Vote Prohibits Parents Coaching Own Kids

    by Lindsay Street; June 2014

    The Berkeley County School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday to prohibit parents from coaching varsity and junior varsity teams on which their children participate. It was the first of two readings of the policy change. School board member Phillip Obie dissented.

  • 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 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.