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April 30, 2018

Coach certification is vital to schools

In most professions, individuals must meet high standards and earn a certification or license. This includes lawyers, medical doctors, plumbers and truck drivers. In education, teachers have to earn an instructional certificate in their subject ma...


January 8, 2018

9 effective teaching methods for coaches

Productive coaches spend 75 percent of their time teaching the sport to their players, and the other 25 percent of the time coaching. With younger athletes, this gap increases with teaching becoming more important. The problem is that many coaches...


December 31, 2017

Track, volleyball most popular sports among U.S. high school girls

Nearly 500,000 high school girls participated in track and field during the 2016-17 school year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations' annual survey.  ...


December 27, 2017

Football still far and away most popular sport among high school boys

More than one million American boys played high school football in 2016-17. While it is still the most played sport among boys, participation decreased by more than 23,000 players from the previous year. (See chart at bottom of page.) Data compile...


June 27, 2017

Helping your athletes choose proper shoes

I thought I knew a lot about running. I had been a competitive distance runner on the national level for many years. So, when I was asked to work at a specialty running store, I figured it was a perfect fit. It was there that I learned how to anal...


May 15, 2017

Is foot pronation as bad as it seems?

Runners today must often travel to their nearest specialty shoe store for recommendations on the best footwear. Typically, after taking shoe size measurements, sales people will take the athlete through a gait analysis by either running across the sa...


February 3, 2017

Track & Field: Getting more from your warmups

The days of taking a lap and static stretching as a warm-up are over. Chuck Woolridge, the successful cross country and track coach at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, has learned quite a bit about the ancillary aspects of running in ...


December 5, 2016

Q&A: Arnie Miehe, seven-time state champion cross country coach

Five consecutive state championships would satisfy any high school coach, but that’s not what keeps Arnie Miehe motivated. All he wants is to make a difference. “I love it when (former athletes) send me Christmas cards; that’s what it’s ab...


July 13, 2016

NFHS modifies rule against helping injured competitors

Cross country and track athletes will now be given more latitude when they lend a helping hand to an injured competitor. Previously, assisting a fellow athlete led to a disqualification, but beginning with the 2017 season, that will be changed. Th...


October 30, 2015

Iowa cross country runner DQed for helping ailing rival

An Iowa high school cross country runner was stripped of his district championship after helping a rival competitor who had collapsed on the course. Zach Hougland of the Davis County High School cross country team had already crossed the finish li...