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high school track
May 24, 2019

Reviving the athletics booster club

A strong booster organization is an invaluable asset for any athletic department. Financial resources continue to be limited in most school districts, so the booster club is vital in providing much-needed financial assistance to athletic programs. ...


May 22, 2019

Kentucky spectator conduct policy suspends ejected fans

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) adopted a "spectator conduct" provision that suspends spectators who are ejected from games. The approved policy states that any adult spectator at a KHSAA sanctioned event who is removed by sc...


baseball coach
May 16, 2019

A.D.ministration: Supporting and protecting your coaches

[caption id="attachment_27872" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Athletic administrators have a responsibility to protect coaches who face unfair criticism. | Photo: Lesly Juarez[/caption] When athletic administrators analyze their major obligations,...


May 8, 2019

Illinois mandates background checks for high school referees

Illinois will now require background checks as part of the registration process for officiating high school sports. The Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) Board of Directors approved the change during its meeting last month. The policy goes...


April 30, 2019

Judge in girls football lawsuit orders survey to gauge interest

The fate of girls high school football in Utah could come down to a statewide survey, which will determine whether there's enough interest in the sport. In 2017, the parents of six high school girls filed a lawsuit against three school districts a...


April 30, 2019

Indiana passes mercy rule for football, suspensions for ejected fans

From the IHSAA Indiana's athletic association on Monday adopted a new mercy rule in football and gave schools the power to suspend unruly fans. The mercy rule goes into effect this fall. It was a joint effort with the Indiana Football Coaches A...


April 29, 2019

Ohio bill would make assaulting a sports referee a felony

Two bills introduced in the Ohio General Assembly would make it a fifth-degree felony to attack a sports official while on the job. Existing laws already allow for similar charges against anyone who assaults a teacher, school administrator or bus ...


stadium gate volunteers
April 28, 2019

5 tips to help schools retain event volunteers

[caption id="attachment_27833" align="aligncenter" width="493"] Photo: Joel Dinda, Flickr[/caption] One of the most difficult tasks for an athletic administrator is finding reliable, qualified volunteers to staff games, tournaments and other sport...


April 26, 2019

Maple Sports Floors — The Smart Choice

{Sponsored} When choosing a new gymnasium floor, several factors will influence the material choice. Will the space be multipurpose? Is it in an elementary school that also uses the gymnasium as a cafeteria? What sports will utilize the space? What t...


April 24, 2019

Navigating the Insurance Jungle

{Sponsored} The last thing coaches, athletic directors and other administrators want to worry about during games or events is insurance coverage. It can be tricky to parse the complex language in policies and it is a must that coaches, schools and ad...