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  • School System Considers Expanding P.E. Waiver Policy

    by JANE FORD-STEWART, jford@jrn.com, Muskego-New Berlin Now August 2014

    More high school students who take part in regular physical fitness activities would be excused from school physical education classes as the New Berlin School Board considers widening its PE waiver policy.

  • School District Awards Contract to New Officiating Group

    by Adam Fisher, Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014

    After a months-long saga that threatened to disrupt prep athletic contests, Collier County Public Schools soon will have a new contractor supplying its sports officials.

  • Staph Outbreak Cancels Prep Football Team's Practice

    by jhartsell@postandcourier.com August 2014

    Wando High School canceled football practice Wednesday after some players came down with staph infections, according to principal Lucy Beckham.

  • Is Sun Setting on Summer HS Baseball in Wisconsin?

    by John Rech, Muskego-New Berlin Now August 2014

    When the final Homestead batter grounded out to third base and Brookfield Central started its WIAA state championship celebration July 25 at Kapco Park, another summer baseball season came to a close. Summer baseball has been going on since 1965 and has created many lasting memories, especially for the 26 NOW Newspapers area teams that have claimed state crowns. As the bats and gloves are put away for another year, however, a lingering question remains: for how many more seasons will the summer game as we now know it continue to exist? After starting out in 1965 with 42 teams, the participation number steadily increased over the next 35 years, reaching its high point in 1999 with 110 teams.

  • Study: Sports Participation Makes for Better Employees

    by Rexford Sheild July 2014

    Playing sports has been associated with a long list of benefits related to physical, mental and social development among youths. Now, add career longevity to that list. Kevin Kniffin, a behavioral science professor at Cornell University, along with Brian Wansink and Mitsuru Shimizu, found that people who played youth and high school sports made better employees later in life and had more career opportunities.

  • Arizona High Schools Face Postseason Participation Fees

    by Rexford Sheild July 2014

    The price of success is oftentimes categorized by hard work, but high school athletic departments and their athletes in Arizona will soon have to rethink this ideology. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will enforce teams to pay a fee if they are a participant in postseason play. The new fee is slated to kick in this fall.

  • 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, 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.