In Wisconsin, the state's budget committee passed a motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled, and online charter school students the chance to participate in public school athletics, but the move has some people upset.
A proposed law in Georgia would require fully enclosed dugouts at all high school and public ball fields. The bill is a response to the death of 14-year-old Colton Shaw, who was struck by an errant throw between innings of a game in March.
The NFHS has announced new rules for high school basketball, which focus on prohibiting excessive contact. Points of emphasis are: post play, rebounding, protecting the free-throw shooter, and NFHS mechanics and signals.
Parents of a N.J. high school basketball player have been charged with harassment and fourth-degree stalking, after allegedly sending anonymous, heckling emails to the head basketball coach and school administrators.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY). The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).
Major changes involving transfer rules and football classification for private schools could be coming to New Jersey high school sports if two proposals are approved by the states's interscholastic athletic association membership.
The NCAA Division II Presidents Council has approved a new strategic plan, which includes five strategic "positioning outcome areas" that will help guide the Division's direction over the next six years.
In Alabama, fewer and fewer high school football coaches are also serving as teachers. In addition, three recently hired football coaches started with salaries north of $120,000—and no classroom responsibilities.
USA Triathlon and USA Triathlon Foundation today announced the first eight collegiate institutions that will benefit from a share of the $2.6 million, multi-year Women's Triathlon Emerging Sport Grant, created to drive the establishment of NCAA women's varsity triathlon programs.
An investigation into the softball program at Stanford University resulted in a strength coach no longer being employed, the head coach being cleared, and a group of parents calling for the firing of Athletic Director Bernard Muir.
A bill currently sitting in the Florida State Senate could drastically reduce the governing power of the Florida High School Athletic Association. If passed, opponents say the law could lead to state-wide chaos at the prep level--including what would amount to free agency for student-athletes.
In recent weeks, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany's freshmen ineligibility plan for football and men's basketball has received a lot of publicity. Now, the Drake Group has refuted some of the key benefits of his idea, calling it a “simplistic approach” that does not “address the need for a major course correction to restore academic integrity to the conduct of intercollegiate athletic programs.”
A more standardized pre-match procedure requiring referees to perform skin checks or verify that skin checks had been completed on-site by an appropriate health-care professional was approved by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis.
A survey of 409 Pac-12 Conference student-athletes across several sports revealed that many feel the time demands of their sport make it hard to study and sleep, and that physical exhaustion is a "major issue."
Some lawmakers in South Dakota are calling on the state activities association to reverse a recently adopted transgender participation policy and restrict student participation to the gender listed on their birth certificates.
Jim Delany, Big Ten Conference Commissioner, sent media members a lengthy letter detailing reasons why making freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball would be beneficial for college athletics.
For athletic directors at mid-major schools, the recent cost-of-attendance increases for athletic scholarships approved by Power 5 conference members are causing some hand-wringing. To remain competitive, many are looking at securing additional funding and face tough decisions on how to equitably disperse scholarship dollars and where to cut from, if necessary.
Five student-athletes on a Kentucky high school baseball team are being investigated for possibly harassing a teammate. The coach allegedly told the players to delete any photos or videos they had of the incident.
In an effort to boost scoring and improve the sluggish pace of NCAA Division I men's game, NCAA Rules Committee members are considering several changes, including shortening the shot clock to 30 seconds, reducing the number of timeouts, and instructing referees to call games "tighter" to reduce contact.
In Connecticut, a high school student is suing his former school, along with its athletic director and head football coach, alleging that they did not act in the face of bullying and assaults against him.
In recent weeks, the story of Michael Kelley, a high school special-needs student who was told by a teacher to take off his varsity letter jacket, has gained national attention. In response, a minor-league soccer team has taken Kelley under its wings.
A new law limiting what percentage of an athletic budget can be funded by student fees will require most of Virginia's state school athletic departments to put more emphasis on improving fundraising and ticket sales to fill their coffers.
Marcus Lattimore, the former University of South Carolina running back whose NFL future was extinguised after he suffered a devastating knee injury as a junior, recently spoke to 300 high school student-athletes about the importance of having a backup plan to their professional aspirations.
For the University of Oklahoma, the fallout from a video showing fraternity members engaging in a racist chant has been difficult. For Head Football Coach Bob Stoops, however, it was an opportunity to make a statement. As detailed in this ESPN.com article, he did something most coaches struggle with: ceding control.
What makes a high school athletic director effective and respected—in the public eye? An athlete-turned-journalist who now covers high school sports in Cape Cod, Mass., took a stab at answering that question based on what he sees from the press box.
Here's what Sean Walsh relayed in “One On One: What Kind of Person Makes a Great Athletic Director” from CapeCod.com:
Lauding former longtime Barnstable High School Athletic Director Steve Goveia:
In taking over as Head Softball Coach at Gloucester (N.J.) High School this season, Megan Mason won't have to look far to find support and guidance. That's because the coach she's replacing is her father, Dave Light, who won four state championships during his time at Gloucester's helm.
With the haves and have-nots continuing to jostle for position in a changing NCAA, University of Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has examined the tea leaves and painted his vision of the future. Citing a widening "cultural divide" in sports, Swarbrick believes it might be time For NCAA Division I to break into two separate entities.
Unhappy with the AAU style of play and its lack of emphasis on passing and man-to-man defense that permeates youth basketball, Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra decided to do something about it. A big part of his solution was to tap into the expertise of area high school coaches.
About 200 people showed up at a school board meeting Monday night to voice their support for a successful Upstate New York basketball coach whose job appears to be in jeopardy. Bob McKenney has won five state championships and almost 400 games during 19 years as Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. But he was reportedly told to resign or be fired following the sectional championship loss that ended the Red Rams’ season a couple of weeks ago.
Like most schools facing the prospect of paying student-athletes a stipend, Utah State University will need to secure new funding sources. A solution has come from the state's legislature, which may provide $1.5 million perpetually to the Aggies for recruiting, under a provision called the "Utah Wellness Program."
Rebecca Kingsbury, one of the most successful high school field hockey coaches in California, has resigned due to complaints of verbal abuse. She also has many supporters and has not admitted wrongdoing, saying she "never claimed to be an 'easy' coach, but I have always promised to be a fair one."
In the heightened battle against concussions, it’s critical to get everyone on the same page. At Colgate University, a collaborative approach has resulted in a comprehensive prevention and management program.
Iowa State University Athletic Director Jamie Pollard underwent open heart surgery Tuesday, one day after suffering a heart attack while watching his daughters compete in an indoor high school track meet at the University of Northern Iowa. He was initially taken to a hospital in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before being transferred to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines where a triple bypass was performed.
Explaining that it “targeted a candidate with integrity, who put student-athletes first, would easily gain the respect of coaches and staff and could fundraise," the University of Missouri has announced its replacement for Mike Alden.
Last week, the courageous women's basketball player Lauren Hill (who is battling brain cancer) was named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team. At the start of the season, we talked to her coach, Dan Benjamin.
In a nod to the effects statewide budget cuts could have on the education arm of its university, the LSU athletic department is pumping the brakes on construction of a new nutrition center for its student-athletes.
The number of student-athletes using Twitter and Instagram has gone up over the past year, Facebook usage has gone down, and Snapchat has become the fastest growing social media-ish app. Those stats and more were found through a recent survey.
Here are a few other interesting trends from the study, which was conducted by Fieldhouse Media:
While parents are an important piece of a successful athletic department, overly involved parents can be a headache when it comes to their children's playing time. Many of their complaints can be avoided by having coaches develop strategies to deal with them before a problem arises, as detailed by high school baseball coaches in a recent issue of our sister publication, Coaching Management.
After a bench-clearing brawl by two Indiana high school basketball teams led to their removal from the state tournament, a judge has ruled the squads must be allowed to compete, saying, "the action by [the state association] was illegal, arbitrary, excessive and contrary to law.”
The NCAA Division III Management Council debated a series of issues at its recent meeting, including drug testing, rules pertaining to playing and practice seasons, professional development and education funding for athletic trainers, and others.