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April 19, 2018

NSGA participation study shows decline in youth team sports

Participation in team sports by children age 7 to 17 showed a 5.8 percent decline in 2017 according to the latest data released by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). The 2018 edition of Sports Participation in the U.S. revealed a s...


April 12, 2018

Making the most of the offseason

Athletes and coaches need a balance of work and rest to succeed in their sports The high school sports season generally starts with a great amount of excitement and energy and usually ends — with the exception of state champions — with a col...


April 9, 2018

Complaint asks Oregon to ban gender-specific mascots

A complaint submitted to the Oregon Department of Education has asked that the state implement policies to ban gender-specific mascots, monikers and team names at public schools. The Register-Guard reports that a Eugene resident filed a formal co...


April 5, 2018

Rapid-fire coaching lessons from Jon Gruden

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden was among the featured speakers at the 2017 USA Football National Conference. During his talk, he offered coaches everywhere some quick lessons that he’s learned throughout his career. Here are 10 of his top sugg...


April 2, 2018

How to implement and enforce team rules

In this interview with sports psychologist Jack Stark, who formerly worked with the University of Nebraska athletic department, he addresses the best ways to organize and implement team rules. How are team rules best structured?  First, all p...


March 29, 2018

Coaches share locker room motivation methods

When former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr got ready to address his team one final time, the one thing he avoided was saying anything about himself: "I think the real challenge is that we’ve got to keep all the nostalgia and those type of things unt...


March 26, 2018

Don Shula’s over-learning approach to coaching

NFL Hall of Famer Don Shula coached the Miami Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history. Here are his thoughts on leadership, teaching by “over-learning,” and motivation. [caption id="attachment_25977" align="aligncenter" width="48...


March 23, 2018

How Professional-Level Strength and Conditioning Can Work for Your High School Baseball Team

{Sponsored} The majority of high school baseball players won’t become professionals. Some may play in college and a few might continue further and struggle to make it to the big leagues for years. If high school baseball coaches aren’t there to p...


March 19, 2018

The role of assistant coaches

A characteristic of good athletic programs is that they have great assistant coaches on all levels. Assistants play a vital role in a team’s success. There were certain qualities I looked for in assistants, and it’s imperative to have a meetin...


March 16, 2018

Tennessee approves split of public, private schools

Tennessee's athletic association this week approved a total split between public and private high schools that will go into effect beginning with the 2019-20 school year.  The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's (TSSAA) legislative ...