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ihsa
February 4, 2021

IHSA Adds Flexibility to Athletic Scheduling

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA), in coordination with the state's health department, has released updated scheduling guidelines that will allow for more flexibility in the upcoming athletic seasons. As athletics resumed in the state, s...


osaa
December 10, 2020

OSAA Pushes High School Sports to February

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced earlier this week that the start of the high school sports season will be pushed back to February. In a report from The Statesman Journal, practices for winter sports were slated to begin a...


November 6, 2019

Wyoming adds softball to high school sports offerings

The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) on Tuesday unanimously voted to sanction girls softball, joining 48 other states that already offer the sport. Softball becomes the 11th girls sport offered in Wyoming, and the inaugural seas...


Red Sox Andrew Benintendi
April 8, 2019

Practice with a purpose

Challenging your players to create a competitive atmosphere outside of just games [caption id="attachment_27801" align="aligncenter" width="495"] Photo: Arturo Pardavila III, Flickr[/caption] It’s a hot summer day, and you just finished mowing ...


March 7, 2018

Strengthen your infielders with the ‘Hubba Dubba’ drill

Hubba Dubba is an infield drill that includes every throw an infielder has to make, with the exception of the “slow roller.” The drill teaches communication, team unity and enthusiasm while improving arm strength and accuracy. DIAGRAM 1: T...


March 5, 2018

Baseball/Softball: Setting the infield defense

Having played shortstop for more than 50 years and having coached fast-pitch softball for 18 years at the summer, high school and college levels, it always surprises me when I watch teams defensively play every hitter the same — straight up in the ...


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 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.  ...