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July 16, 2018

Fixing your football team

During my 23 years coaching football, I’ve had the chance to turn around two losing programs. Both had several commonalities that contributed to their lack of success. Here are 15 of them that all football programs should avoid. 1. Too many offens...

July 13, 2018

5 strategies for small schools to succeed against bigger programs

In 2015, a statewide reclassification in Georgia forced us to either compete in class A or to make the leap to AAA. With an upper school enrollment of nearly 450 students, we would compete against schools with nearly 1,100 kids. For many reasons, in...

July 5, 2018

‘Clarity of Purpose’

Montana Tech coach's philosophy of understanding can help teams move forward As a coach, my mind is constantly on my craft. During the season, I’ll awake in the middle of the night with an idea, making sure to write it down before I go back to sle...

June 14, 2018

Study: More than 80% of kids downplay, hide sports injuries

A new study conducted by the Auckland University of Technology Sports Performance Research Institute in New Zealand found that more than 80 percent of kids downplay or hide injuries suffered while playing sports. Researchers surveyed 262 boys and...

June 5, 2018

Riddell, Peyton Manning team up to offer equipment grants

Riddell today announced the launch of its annual Smarter Football initiative. Special for the fourth season of the program, Riddell and brand ambassador and strategic advisor Peyton Manning teamed up to unveil "18 in 18," inviting teams to apply fo...

May 21, 2018

Budget Friendly Ways to Promote Your Fundraiser

{Sponsored} Fundraisers are all well and good, but marketing them to the right audience is the way to get the most out of them. Creating and sticking to a plan is tricky, and it is easy to go over budget. The key is to use financially controllable pi...

May 21, 2018

Win Your Players Over with Unique Fundraising Ideas

{Sponsored} Getting your players involved in fundraising takes more than handing them catalogs of things to sell. To get them engaged in fundraising requires unique ideas — things that will spark their interest and motivate them. Their enthusiasm f...

May 16, 2018

How an Illinois HS football program bounced back after hazing scandal

[caption id="attachment_26166" align="alignleft" width="550"] Photos: Nancy McGee[/caption] On a cold February day, Lake Zurich (Illinois) High School football coach Luke Mertens sits in the office of Athletic Director Andrew Lambert.  Asked t...

May 3, 2018

Illinois school district cuts tackle football at junior highs

Naperville School District 203 in northwestern Illinois will cut tackle football at all five of its junior high schools and replace it with flag football, the school announced. District officials said the schools are seeing a decline in participat...

April 27, 2018

29 of 32 NFL Draft first-round picks played multiple sports

An overwhelming number of players taken Thursday in the first round of the NFL Draft played multiple sports in high school, according to TrackingFootball.com. The NFL Draft kicked off in Texas with the Cleveland Browns taking Oklahoma quarterback ...