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February 15, 2018

NFHS changes rules on home/away soccer uniforms

From the NFHS Beginning next season, visiting high school soccer teams will be required to wear solid white jerseys while the home team will wear dark colors. [caption id="attachment_14540" align="alignright" width="255"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/...


February 8, 2018

Eight tips for coaching girls at all levels

The goal for coaches is to win games and turn athletes into quality people. But there may come a time when you're asked to adjust your style to accommodate the opposite gender or coach a group of athletes you may not be familiar with. For some...


January 25, 2018

Cultivating a team identity

For four years as a player and another six as a coach at Rutgers University, “play all nine innings” was a consistent theme under our hall of fame head coach, Fred Hill. It wouldn’t be until years later, when I had my own clubs as a minor leagu...


January 23, 2018

Arizona pulls soccer referees out of handshake lines

Arizona high school soccer referees no longer need to participate in postgame handshake lines, a move to curb potential confrontations with players and coaches. According to The Arizona Republic, the Arizona Interscholastic Association made the de...


January 8, 2018

Nine 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...


November 30, 2017

California youth soccer referee quits over parents

A referee for a California youth soccer league is calling it quits after more than a decade on the field. And he's leaving because of the parents. Avery Krut notified the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) earlier this month that he is ste...


November 23, 2017

Committed to Excellence: Minnesota high school dedicated to athletes on and off playing surfaces

The words “commitment to excellence” have hung above Kurt Habeck’s office door since Eastview High School (Minnesota) opened 21 years ago. It was a testament to his program’s pledge to help students improve inside and outside of sports, b...


July 6, 2017

S.C. youth soccer league creates rule to quiet parents

A South Carolina youth soccer organization is taking a unique approach to silence the boisterous parents who regularly harass referees. The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) recently dispatched a memo to parents, saying that during "...