Programming: High School
Summer HS League Boasts 50 Teams, Packed Gyms
by Jodie Wagner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2014
For the second consecutive year, Dreyfoos guard Matthew Charlton will spend his summer vacation fine-tuning his jump shot at a pair of Riviera Beach gyms. Charlton, who will be a senior in the fall, is one of 300 boys high school basketball players who are participating in the Dream Big Summer Basketball League.
AD: Rule 'A Death Sentence' for Freshmen Who 'Bomb'
by Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer July 2014
LEWISTON - Saying the athletic eligibility policy doesn't allow students to recover from "bombing" their freshman year, Lewiston High School Athletic Director Jason Fuller is asking for change. The School Committee heard the request for sophomores, juniors and seniors Monday night, but took no action. The policy says athletes are eligible to play if they're on track to graduate, achieving the necessary 24 credits.
New Trend in School P.E.: Choose Your Own Fitness Mode
by Michael Alison Chandler June 2014
By Michael Alison Chandler The Washington Post NOKESVILLE, Va. The cavernous gymnasium at Patriot High School can be intimidating for 15-year-old Kristin Ansah. When students break out the hockey sticks before gym class, she ducks for cover.
Recreation to Return to Legendary Prep Gym Site
by Bill Leffler June 2014
Many of us can remember when some of the best high school basketball ever was played in a little gymnasium on Portsmouth Boulevard. That goes back a half century when Frederick Military Academy was established. It operated until 1985.
Maine's Point System for Prep Postseason Perseveres
by Ernie Clark BDN Staff June 2014
If anyone had the right to be a bit dumbfounded by the Heal point system that seeds teams for postseason play in nine different Maine high school sports, it might be Gordon Faulkingham. The Jonesport-Beals boys basketball coach led his team to a No. 1 seeding in Eastern Maine Class D during the 2011-12 season, and the Royals went on to win the state championship in a finish that was true to Heal point form. But the last two years were quite at odds with the unique numerical formula that has served the state's high school sporting interests for more than six decades. Jonesport-Beals entered the 2012-13 basketball tournament again ranked tops in its division, only to be upset by No. 8 Easton in the Eastern D quarterfinals.
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.
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.
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, Coaches Fired in High School Recruiting Scandal
by Michael Gaio June 2014
An ugly scandal in the Dallas Independent School District is coming to a close with the firings of the district's athletic director, two top basketball coaches and 12 others.
Common Mistakes Made by High School Athletic Directors
by Kevin Bryant April 2014
It would not be difficult for any honest interscholastic athletic administrator to fill up a page or two about the mistakes he or she has made and would like to avoid in the future. I've been there myself as a former athletic administrator. Reflecting on my own experiences (and mistakes), I'd like to offer a series of tips that will not only benefit novice athletic administrators, but veteran administrators, as well.
HS Baseball Player with Rare Disease Deemed Eligible
by March 2014
Competing in sports at the high school level is no easy feat, but for one Louisiana high school student becoming eligible to compete has been a challenge in itself.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association ruled that 18-year-old Sean Thiel was ineligible to participate in spring baseball this season after missing too many days of school. The absences were caused by a rare medical condition from which Thiel suffers known as achalasia. The disease affects the esophagus’s ability to move food to the stomach, which led to a number of absences — including a surgery at the Mayo Clinic to stabilize his condition in early March.
According to The Advocate, after filing a federal suit against the LHSAA March 3, Thiel was finally granted a hardship waiver that allowed him to begin playing earlier this month.
"I commend the LHSAA for taking another look at this. We have no ill will. We're just happy they re-evaluated the situation," Michael Thiel told The Advocate Friday. "It is a positive story for a change. It's the right result.”
"It reinforces your faith in humanity."
Hardship waivers are used in high school sports to help make a student eligible for competition if he has a condition that causes him to not meet the requirements for eligibility. As a part of the lawsuit that brought Thiel’s situation to the LHSAA’s attention, Thiel’s family claimed that the LHSAA had violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not allowing Thiel to play baseball even though he met the requirements for a hardship waiver.
After Thiel became eligible to play, Thiel’s family dropped the suit March 18.
As part of the agreement with the LHSAA, Thiel — a high school sophomore — must meet all future eligibility requirements if he wishes to continue playing high school sports in his junior and senior seasons.
Thiel’s father told The Advocate his son has already recorded a couple of hits in two games since his reinstatement on the team.