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April 28, 2014

Illinois High School Football Undergoing Changes

From the Chicago TribuneIllinois high school football players will not be allowed to tackle during offseason football practices starting this summer, but some coaches worry that dialing back contact could lead to more danger for young athletes.The mo...


April 16, 2014

Encouraging Athletes to Participate in Multiple Sports

David Hoch, a retired athletic administrator with 16 years of experience, talks about sport specialization and how coaches can encourage student-athletes to participate in multiple programs....


March 19, 2014

Coaching Boys and Girls in the Same Sport

Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.) boys and girls soccer coach Steve Thomas offers his thoughts on coaching two varsity teams and how he manages his time....


March 18, 2014

Coaches Deserve Benefit of the Doubt in Blowout Games

Last October, Aledo High School (Texas) made national headlines after its football team thumped one of its opponents 91-0. Parents of players on the losing team were furious, prompting one of them to file a bullying complaint claiming everyone in the...


March 5, 2014

Handling Coaching Roles With Two Different Sports

Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.) girls track coach Randy Vanderveen talks about balancing his roles with the track team and as defensive coordinator for the school’s football team....


March 5, 2014

Applications Being Accepted for Field Building Grants Program

For the fourth consecutive year, USA Football and FieldTurf will accept applications for their Field Building Grant program. Municipalities, school systems and tax-exempt youth leagues are eligible for grants to be used toward the purchase of a Field...


February 16, 2014

Five ways to instantly connect with your team

Usually when we talk about building chemistry, we’re talking about cohesion amongst the players. But it’s just as important that the team connects with the coach. Let’s look at five easy ways that you can connect with your team and build great ...


February 14, 2014

Michael Sam has Already Proved Critics Wrong

Michael Sam is an All-American football player who dominated one of college’s best conferences last season, leading the Missouri Tigers to a 12-2 record and a Cotton Bowl championship.He’s also gay.There will be a number of people who rem...


February 5, 2014

Identifying the 5 types of conflicts in athletic programs

One of the many tasks of a high school athletic director is resolving conflict. Conflict is a natural by-product of managing people, and an effective athletic administrator must be able to respond to conflict and control it. Conflict seems to have...


February 5, 2014

Diffusing Situations With Hostile Parents

David Hoch, a retired athletic administrator with 16 years of experience, discusses methods for diffusing sticky situations with hostile parents.  ...