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June 28, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: Problems with parents persist

Last year, Coach & Athletic Director began surveying high school coaches to gather feedback on some of the major issues in the profession. The results help us better understand the challenges faced by coaches, and they guide us in providing relev...


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

2019 Coaches Report: Overwhelming opposition to esports

Last year, Coach & Athletic Director began surveying high school coaches to gather feedback on some of the major issues in the profession. The results help us better understand the challenges faced by coaches, and they guide us in providing relev...


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 26, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: Let the home-schoolers play

Last year, Coach & Athletic Director began surveying high school coaches to gather feedback on some of the major issues in the profession. The results help us better understand the challenges faced by coaches, and they guide us in providing relev...


June 25, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: Fan behavior blamed for referee shortage

Referee shortages, combative parents and athlete safety are just a few of the hot topics highlighted in our second annual Coaches Report. Last year, Coach & Athletic Director began surveying high school coaches to gather feedback on some of th...


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...


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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...


June 23, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: What has coaches concerned?

Coach & Athletic Director asked high school coaches to tell us what issues weigh on their minds. Here’s what concerned them the most, ranked by the percentage of coaches who said they were at least moderately concerned by the subject. Se...


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June 18, 2019

Bridging the Divide: Developing positive relationships with refs

[caption id="attachment_27929" align="aligncenter" width="488"] A calm, composed approach can help coaches have meaningful discussions with referees and umpires. | Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] In a perfect world, every coach would have experience ...