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June 15, 2018

Strategies to coaching your sports parents

We all realize the need to coach our athletes, and I would be willing to bet that most of you have at least heard about coaching your coaches. It’s imperative though to remember the third aspect of our high school athletic programs when we talk ...


June 13, 2018

N.Y. coach wins $50K defamation settlement against parents

It's not uncommon for parents to go after a coach's job when they're unhappy, but it is rare for the coach to fight back with a lawsuit. Former Honeoye Central High School (N.Y.) boys basketball coach Mark Storm last month won a $50,000 settlement...


May 24, 2018

St. John’s Wellness Center shapes ‘complete athletes’

The way athletic programs define the “complete athlete” has evolved. Practice drills and bench presses remain cornerstones of athlete development, but more schools are carving out time for yoga, meditation and other wellness initiatives. Few s...


May 16, 2018

New Mexico parents allege ’emotional, mental abuse’ in lawsuit against baseball coaches

The parents of a New Mexico high school baseball player have filed a lawsuit against the team's coaches for alleged emotional and mental abuse that they say forced their son out of the sport. Allegations include the Highland High School coaches "c...


May 16, 2018

How an Illinois HS football program bounced back after hazing scandal

[caption id="attachment_26166" align="alignleft" width="550"] Photos: Nancy McGee[/caption] On a cold February day, Lake Zurich (Illinois) High School football coach Luke Mertens sits in the office of Athletic Director Andrew Lambert.  Asked t...


May 15, 2018

Michigan adopts tougher rules for student-athlete transfers

Michigan's athletic association announced this week it adopted stricter rules for student-athletes who transfer high schools to play sports. Transfers previously were required to sit out one semester, but the Michigan High School Athletic Associat...


May 14, 2018

Facilities projects are best served by committees of parents, coaches and community

[caption id="attachment_26159" align="alignleft" width="550"] Photos courtesy Schuylkill Valley High School[/caption] Planning and executing a multimillion-dollar renovation doesn’t always have to fall on the shoulders of athletic administrators...


May 3, 2018

N.J. high school baseball player sues coach for telling him to slide

A New Jersey judge is being asked to consider whether a high school baseball coach was "negligent" when he signaled for one of his players to slide during a game, resulting in injury. A judge had already dismissed the case, but the appellate court...


May 3, 2018

Illinois school district cuts tackle football at junior highs

Naperville School District 203 in northwestern Illinois will cut tackle football at all five of its junior high schools and replace it with flag football, the school announced. District officials said the schools are seeing a decline in participat...


May 2, 2018

Bill would ban archery, trap shooting in New York schools

A Democratic lawmaker has proposed a bill that would put an end to sports like trap shooting, archery and riflery in New York's public schools. The proposal, introduced by Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, does not have a co-sponsor. In a memo, as...