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August 8, 2019

Timeout! Coaches must help stem referee abuse

After nearly two decades of coaching basketball at the youth, travel, middle school and varsity levels, I have witnessed the intensity of cruel verbal attacks on officials being taken to a new level. Twenty years ago, there was that one guy who alway...


Tony Gonzalez KC Chiefs
August 7, 2019

NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez pushes multisport participation

Former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez credits multiple sports with his development as a young football star, and he wants today's athletes to follow his lead. Gonzalez spoke Saturday during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, ...


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...


July 25, 2019

Drew Brees tells kids ‘play as many sports as you can’

Becoming an NFL quarterback required more than just playing football as a young athlete. That was Drew Brees's message to youth football players last week in southern California. The 12-time Pro Bowler was helping to kick off his Football ‘N’ ...


baseball coach huddle
July 24, 2019

Helping athletes find their voice

Baseball is very much a game of routine. And those routines are an integral part of a player’s individual development, not to mention the team culture and environment. Hitters spend time in the cage every day to get their swings right. Pitchers w...


July 17, 2019

Win more games with the Atavus Tackle System

https://youtu.be/Bni-xQqyH8w Gain an edge with the Atavus Tackle System, an approach built around a shoulder-led technique that increases player safety and improves performance. See better defensive results by using a proven technique focused on s...


Dr. Jack Ramsay
July 15, 2019

Dr. Jack Ramsay: My 60 years in basketball

Throughout the year, Coach & Athletic Director will go back 25 years to share some of our best articles from 1994. The publication, formerly Scholastic Coach magazine, is in its 89th year of production. What better way to celebrate our longevity ...


baseball player on field
July 11, 2019

Colorado mandates mental health training for all coaches

Colorado high school coaches will now be required to take a course that improves their abilities to help student-athletes who may be struggling with mental health difficulties. The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) adopted the re...


athlete running
July 9, 2019

Running for Punishment: Why coaches should give it up

At a high school baseball game, I watched as the batter took a called third strike and immediately began running toward the dugout. “Nice hustle,” I thought. That’s until he bypassed the dugout, ran to the outfield fence, and tapped the foul ...