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August 29, 2019

BSN SPORTS, Under Armour honor women’s athletic programs

BSN SPORTS and Under Armour have named the recipients of the inaugural Women of Will (“WOW”) Hall of Fame Awards. The awards, which were handed out as part of a celebration at Under Armour headquarters on Aug. 21-22, recognize the top five athlet...


August 26, 2019

High school sports participation declines for first time in 30 years

For the first time in 30 years, nationwide participation in high school sports has declined from the previous year, according to a new survey from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). A total of 7,937,491 students par...


turf adhesive application
August 21, 2019

4 critical questions when choosing synthetic turf adhesives

[caption id="attachment_28173" align="aligncenter" width="490"] A synthetic turf adhesive is applied by airless spray to a porous shock pad. | Photos: courtesy of Norris Legue[/caption] Coaches and athletic directors are attentive to the safety an...


August 1, 2019

Wis. school district passes rule against dual-sport athletes

A Wisconsin school district passed a new rule this week that prevents athletes from playing more than one sport in a single season. School board members debated the issue Monday before it passed by a 4-3 vote. Those who stood against the proposal ...


July 29, 2019

Maine creates new position to combat decline in referees

The sharp decline in high school officials is a nationwide issue, but Maine is fighting it head on by creating a new position to focus on recruitment and retention. The Maine Principals' Association (MPA) last week announced Jeff Benson as the new...


bass fishing
June 30, 2019

Louisiana approves bass fishing as a trial high school sport

Louisiana high school students will have the opportunity to participate in bass fishing as a sanctioned sport during the upcoming school year. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) approved it on a trial basis during the 2019-20 s...


June 28, 2019

N.J. passes bill requiring sensitivity training for coaches, athletic directors

The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that will require the state's high school coaches and athletic administrators to complete a sensitivity training program. The bill directs the state's Commissioner of Education to develop t...


June 27, 2019

N.J. bill would give job security to tenured coaches

A New Jersey bill would provide greater job security to high school coaches who also are tenured employees within the school district. [caption id="attachment_27210" align="alignright" width="243"] Photo: Jim Larrison, Flickr[/caption] Sen. Tro...


June 24, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: Bringing new blood into officiating

We know recruiting and retaining referees is a challenge in most states, but what can we do about it? We asked coaches to share their thoughts on how states can attract new blood into officiating. Here are some of their responses. “Increase pay an...


Lakewood Little League baseball fight screenshot
June 24, 2019

13-year-old umpire discusses brawl at youth baseball game

As parents threw punches at one another during a youth baseball game last week in Colorado, 13-year-old umpire Josh Cardova watched in disbelief. “It was very chaotic and I was scared not only for me, but the 7-year-olds who happened to be on th...