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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 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...


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...


April 13, 2017

Study: Individual-sport athletes suffer more overuse injuries

A new study published this week concluded that individual-sport athletes who specialize suffer more overuse injuries than those who play team sports. The study, published in The Physician and Sportsmedicine, concluded that young athletes who ...


October 5, 2016

Michigan prep tennis player awarded $30K in bullying lawsuit

A Michigan high school tennis player who claimed administrators ignored her complaints over bullying has been awarded a $30,000 settlement. Carly Pratt, a tennis star at Portage Central High School, filed a lawsuit against the school more than a ...


July 21, 2015

Mapping how far athletes run during competition

Unless we're talking about track or cross country, its difficult to map exactly how far athletes run during competition. Fortunately for us, today's technology is helping us solve that problem. [caption id="attachment_13463" align="alignright" wi...


June 8, 2015

Mich. prep tennis player sues school over alleged bullying

A Michigan high school tennis player is suing her school, coach and athletic director, alleging that she was bullied by teammates and each of them did nothing about it. Carly Pratt, who attends Portage Central High School, claims she was the subje...


April 29, 2015

Pennsylvania boys tennis team DQ’ed for using a girl

A boys high school tennis team in Pennsylvania was forced to forfeit a handful of matches and its section title for using a girl during competition. California Area High School has teams for both boys and girls, so the Western Pennsylvania Inters...