• Administrators to High School Cheerleaders: Cover Up

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor September 2011

    Cheerleaders in high schools from coast to coast are in danger of losing the privilege of wearing their uniforms to school on game days, as administrators crack down on dress-code violations.

  • Blog: 'Lunkheads' Judged in 'Judgement Free Zone'

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein September 2011

    It was great watching "The Daily Show" skewer Planet Fitness - home of the Judgement Free Zone® - for discriminating against "lunkheads," deadlifters serious enough to make noise while they work out.

  • California Lags in Regulating Athletic Trainers

    by Michael Popke August 2011

    In May 2009, Tommy Mallon was playing in his final high school lacrosse game for Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Calif., when he collided with an opposing player as both were scrambling for a bouncing ball.

  • Is North Carolina's New Concussion Law Best in the Country?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2011

    The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Act - named after two football players who died after suffering concussions in 2009 - was signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue late last week. Every member of the state's House and Senate endorsed the law, which head-injuries expert Kevin Guskiewicz calls the best in the country.

  • Transgender Student-Athlete Leaves GW Basketball Program

    by Paul Steinbach May 2011

    As the issue of how transgender student-athletes fit into the organized sports landscape continues to evolve at both the college and high school levels, the collegiate ranks lost one such athlete this week.

  • AD Fired for Faking Classes, Fixing Grades

    by Paul Steinbach May 2011

    A Seattle Public Schools investigation has determined that Jim Valiere, former athletic director at Garfield High School, had manufactured grades for a Spanish class that didn't exist in order to keep a heavily recruited basketball player on course to attend his college of choice. Valiere was fired April 11.

  • Track Coach Fired After Boys Run Shirtless

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2011

    A celebrated boys' track coach in Westwood, Mass., was fired and ordered off school property last week for letting his runners train without wearing shirts. Tom Davis led Westwood High's 4x800-meter relay team to the New Balance Indoor Nationals less than two months ago and had his outdoor team off to a 5-0 start this season when he started hearing about complaints regarding boys going shirtless.

  • High School Senior Ruled One Day Too Old to Play Basketball

    by John T. Wolohan March 2011

    The primary goal of every state high school athletic association is to develop rules and regulations that ensure fair and safe play.

  • Blog: New Tennis Rules Deserve Your Attention

    by Mary Helen Sprecher January 2011

    Unless you've been living in a fallout shelter, you've heard about tennis making a comeback in the U.S. There are more players on the courts, new American faces on the pro tour and recently, an uptick in U.S. apparel sales. That's all good news if you have tennis courts, and better still if you have team or league programming, Tennis On Campus, or instruction on any level.

  • New Report Urges Transgender Student-Athlete Policies

    by Michael Popke October 2010

    In what is being hailed as a "groundbreaking report" on transgender student-athletes, a new document sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the It Takes A Team! initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation, urges high school and college athletic associations to adopt standard policies to provide transgender student-athletes fair and equal opportunities to participate on sports teams. The free report, "On the Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student Athletes," was released Monday and is intended to provide leaders in education and athletics with the information to make effective policy decisions about the participation of transgender student-athletes in high school and college athletic programs. "Educators and parents must be open to this challenge if we are to create educational institutions that value and meet the needs of all students," says report co-author Pat Griffin, former director of It Takes A Team!, an educational campaign designed to end homophobia in sports.