• How Much Contact is Too Much in High School Football?

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff December 2014

    The National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion Summit Task Force has developed a series of fundamentals for minimizing head impact exposure and concussion risk in football.

  • Can High School Football Survive a Legal Hit?

    by Randy Blaser December 2014

    Last week it was reported that a former high school football player has filed suit against the state organization that regulates high school sports, the Illinois High School Association, claiming it didn't do enough to protect athletes from potential concussions.

  • TSSAA Approves $500 Fine for Criticizing Game Officials

    by Chris Thomas Chris Thomas covers high school sports. Follow him at December 2014

    The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association legislative council approved a proposal on Wednesday that could fine a school $500 if one of its coaches or administrators publicly criticize game officials.

  • Junior Squash Scene Heating up in New York

    by Zoe Pearce; NeXt Correspondent December 2014

    An increasing number of colleges are building squash programs and looking for high school players to fill their rosters. Also, given Buffalo's winters, squash is a very practical sport because it is played indoors and can, therefore, be played regardless of the weather.

  • Should a HS Game Be Replayed Due to Ref's Mistake?

    by Andrew Brandt December 2014

    In Oklahoma, a high school football game has never been replayed for legal reasons.

  • School's 8-Student Class Comprises Basketball Team

    by Jeff Miller, @Jeff55Jeff December 2014

    The Pirates' game-day roster routinely consists of four boys and three girls, a hybrid allowed by the state governing body for public school athletics to field a full starting lineup.

  • Prep Title Games Draw Nearly 60K to Ohio Stadium

    by Marc Pendleton, Dayton Daily News December 2014

    The most impressive statistic from last week's high school football championships at Ohio Stadium? A total attendance of 59,373.

  • In Maine, Minor Changes Coming to Football Classes

    by Travis Lazarczyk Morning Sentinel December 2014

    A few teams will play in new leagues because of rising or declining enrollment. Class C runner-up Leavitt is among the schools moving. Leavitt's enrollment of 613 put it just above the new Class B cutoff of 586, meaning the Hornets are slated to join Western B under this proposal. Nokomis, which played down in Class C the last two years, will move to Eastern Class B.

  • High School Football Participation Up After Decline

    by Dennis Van Milligen December 2014

    When you take a quick look at recent youth and high school football participation numbers, the picture isn't very pretty. Participation in Pop Warner decreased nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012, and numerous state high school associations have reported similar declines in their respective football numbers — since 2007, for example, Michigan's numbers have decreased more than 10 percent. According to statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations, from 2007 to 2012, nationwide participation dipped by 20,000.

  • WIAA Tourney Success May Factor in Division Shuffling

    by MARK STEWART December 2014

    Members of the WIAA's committee on competitive equality presented a plan to improve competitive balance in state tournaments to the Board of Control on Friday.