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  • Blog: If You Can't Beat 'Em… Beat 'Em Up!

    by Emily Attwood October 2013

    I was sitting in a hotel lobby surrounded by other people when I opened up my morning news alerts and saw an article announcing the Kentucky High School Athletic Associations' decision to suspend post-game handshakes, so I had to keep my disgust to a minimum - a casual eye roll and understated sigh. Seriously? These athletes are displaying poor sportsmanship, and the solution to that is to do away with the concept? That's like dropping math from the curriculum because the students aren't getting it.

  • Ole Miss Outlines Response to Student-Athlete Gay Slurs

    by Paul Steinbach October 2013

    The University of Mississippi on Friday announced measures to be taken in response to reports that student-athletes and other students were disruptive during a theater performance of "The Laramie Project," a play about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay University of Wyoming student.

  • Lawsuit: Girls Kicked Off Team Over Hazing Complaints

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    A family in Murfreesboro, Tenn., is suing the County Board of Education claiming their daughters were kicked off the Siegel High School girls' basketball team after complaining about being hazed.

  • No-Score Youth Sports Policies Gaining Popularity

    by Emily Attwood May 2013

    This summer, a growing number of youth soccer teams in Ontario will be playing games without keeping track of goals scored, at least not officially.

  • Time to Implement a Shot Clock in High School Basketball?

    by Michael Popke May 2013

    The madness of March basketball might have faded until 2014, but a series of stall-ball incidents during high school hoops tournaments earlier this year provoked a different kind of madness.

  • Football Camp Video Shows Coach Knocking Out Player

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    Police in two states have been investigating reports of a football coach from Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, Alaska, knocking unconscious a then-incoming freshman player while boxing at a team camp last July. The incident, which was captured on video, occurred in Gold Beach, Ore., where the team attends a camp every summer. Law enforcement officials in that city recently took over the case.

  • Rutgers AD Out; Faculty Call for President's Resignation

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    Two days after Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for shoving, grabbing and hurling balls and anti-gay slurs at players, athletic director Tim Pernetti has resigned, according to Associated Press reports.

  • Blog: Whither Sportsmanship?

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor February 2013

    The sentencing this week of a youth hockey coach to 15 days in jail for tripping a 13-year-old player from the opposing team in the handshake line last June reminded me of just how far we, as a sporting society, still have to go. The lawyer for Martin Tremblay, whose action in a British Columbia ice rink was caught on video, argued that the coach was off his anti-depressants at the time. But the judge didn't care and called Tremblay's behavior a "cowardly sucker punch." Hooray for Canada's judicial system!

  • Blog: A Simple Answer to a Simple Management Question

    by Andrew Cohen February 2013

    The very-active NIRSA Community forum - if you don't know, that's the place where college recreation professionals post job offerings and seek advice on facilities, management and equipment issues - tackles some thorny questions. So when a post appeared Monday headed "Need opinions on a tough situation," I donned my thinking cap and girded myself for something…well, tough.

  • Mayor Booted from High School Wrestling Tournament

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor February 2013

    When John Callahan began shouting at referee Dennis Buchman during a district wrestling tournament Saturday night at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., the 22-year veteran official wasted no time ejecting him. But what makes this story worthy of national news is the fact that Callahan - the father of a wrestler from nearby Freedom High School - also is Bethlehem's mayor and a candidate for Northampton County executive.