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December 7, 2018

A new nickname sports parents should give their kids

Professional athletes seem to reach a sort of pinnacle in their careers when they receive a nickname. Sometimes these monikers are simple — A-Rod, Air Jordan, A.I. Other times, they actually transcend their greatness, such as “Sweetness” (W...


empty stands high school sports
December 4, 2018

40 Under 40 Perspectives: Rejuvenating the atmosphere at your athletic events

[caption id="attachment_26495" align="alignleft" width="110"] Jackie Randall[/caption] The Elk Grove High School (Illinois) athletic department was faced with a serious problem — empty seats. The once proud athletic institution saw more and more ...


Mike Krzyzewski USA Basketball ring
November 29, 2018

The 13 qualities of great leaders

I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from and talk shop with countless hall-of-fame basketball coaches over my career. There were dinners with Bobby Knight and Hubie Brown, and I watched Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipar...


football referee
November 20, 2018

Lawsuit alleges parent wore his referee uniform, influenced Illinois playoff football game

A lawsuit filed last week accuses an Illinois high school football parent of dressing in his referee uniform while off duty and influencing the outcome of a playoff game. The game in question took place on Nov. 10, when Nazareth Academy — a priv...


November 19, 2018

Between the Lines: Gun violence presents new security challenges

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="98"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] Athletic programs these days must worry about hazing, concussions and cases of sexual assault. There are declining budgets and rising costs. Referee numbers are dwi...


high school football stadium
November 7, 2018

A.D.ministration: Facing time constraints, new responsibilities

[caption id="attachment_27184" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Photo: Erik Drost, Flickr[/caption] The athletic administrator’s position has always been hectic and occasionally overwhelming. There's never enough time to complete everything that...


November 2, 2018

Raise Your Game: Failure uncovers learning opportunities

» The following is an excerpt from Alan Stein Jr.'s upcoming book, "Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets From the Best of the Best." Stein is a performance coach, consultant, speaker and author. He spent 15 years working with the world's highes...


November 1, 2018

Comprehensive concussion study gets $22.5M in new funding

The world's most comprehensive concussion study is being dramatically expanded with an infusion of nearly $22.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA to examine the impacts of head injuries over several years. The...


October 24, 2018

Winless Massachusetts HS football team makes playoffs

The Triton Regional High School football team didn't win a single game this season, but that didn't keep the Vikings from the state playoffs. Triton finished the regular season 0-7 and was outscored 248-42. However, the Vikings played a tough sch...


October 23, 2018

Atlanta Public Schools to offer girls flag football

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will offer flag football as a scholastic sport to seventh- and eighth-grade girls beginning in the 2019-20 school year, it was announced today. To help establish its new program, the school district will receive budgetar...