A jury has awarded a former Iowa high school baseball player who was struck in the head by a line drive $1 million. The location and design of the school's dugout were critical factors in the decision.
The NCAA has officially changed the name of its latest championship sport from sand volleyball to beach volleyball. As reported at NCAA.org, "sand volleyball" was approved as a championship sport in January. The change to “beach volleyball” will align the college programs with the sport at all other levels.
A high school swimming coach has filed a lawsuit against his school district, alleging officials asked him to resign for taking paternity leave. Isaac Grombacher, a math teacher and former swimming coach at West Lake (Texas) High School, has had his suit backed by a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor.
A Wisconsin high school is being criticized for designing a logo too similar to the Milwaukee Bucks’. Elk Mound High School printed the logo on its gym floor and received criticism after posting photos online.
As the controversy surrounding the flying of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse continues to swirl, members of the University of South Carolina athletic department have made their opinions on it known.
The players on the Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High School baseball team missed their senior prom in order to travel for a state semifinal matchup. To keep the team's spirits up, Head Coach Mike Chiapparelli, with an assist from the New York Yankees, organized a prom just for his players and their dates.
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Conference Commissioners tabled a proposal last week that would have introduced an early signing period for football. The commissioners hope that proposal will be examined in the future by the NCAA's new football oversight committee.
Kansas State University is asking fans to wear school colors to their football home opener, in honor of head coach Bill Snyder’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. To “stripe out” the stadium, fans will be assigned white or purple according to their section.
Next season, the Air Force Academy is slated to play five football games that will be aired on the ESPN family of networks. However, those games haven't yet had a start time assigned. This, and a history of late kickoff times dictated by the network, has Falcons' Head Coach Troy Calhoun scratching his head.
Recently, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) sanctioned a rule that allows middle school and high school soccer players to practice together for three weeks in the preseason. Several schools are taking advantage of the new rule to give middle school players added experience.
A former Mirimar (Fla.) High School football coach has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Broward County Public Schools last week claiming he was fired after reporting the program's rules violations.
Since moving to the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Colorado athletic department has had a massive uptick in donations, raising $13,278,298 from donors in California, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Katherine Mowat, Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ball State University and one of few openly gay college coaches, made her sexual orientation public by including her partner in her profile on the school's website.
A California boys' high school basketball coach's $1 million libel suit against a parent was dismissed last week. A judge ruled that the repeated e-mails and letters sent out by a critical parent were protected, and granted a motion to strike, claiming they were “absolutely privileged,” “intimately connected to plaintiff’s coaching,” and “concerned a matter of public interest.”
Men's and women's college basketball will look significantly different next season, thanks to a series of sweeping rules changes approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The most significant changes will reduce the men's shot clock to from 35 to 30 seconds and divide the women's game up into four 10-minute quarters.
Boys' and girls' lacrosse will become the next sanctioned high school sport in Ohio after the OHSAA Board of Directors voted 8-0 last week to approve it as an emerging sport, effective for the 2016-17 school year.
In Michigan, a high school superintendent, principal, athletic director, and coach are being sued for failing to stop alleged bullying, which a tennis player claims came from her teammates and led to breathalyzer tests and unauthorized searches.
In his first year as Head Swimming Coach at Arizona State University, Bob Bowman has brought in a series of high-profile names to join his staff. The team's most recent hire is Misty Hyman, who won the 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
While there has been much debate over how much work is too much for baseball pitchers, softball pitchers routinely throw hundreds of pitches a week without anyone blinking an eye. Although the softball pitching motion is far less stressful on the body than baseball’s, this doesn’t mean softball players are immune to injury.
The Big 12 Conference has passed a sportsmanship policy aimed at improving fans behavior by imposing penalties for rushing the court or field and limiting how often "controversial" replays can be shown in stadiums.
After finding out their new high school didn't offer their sport of choice, soccer, two foreign exchange students at New Lexington (Ohio) High School became three-sport athletes. One went on to be a standout kicker on the football team.
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.
More and more schools are removing the moniker “Lady” from their women’s team nicknames, in order to create a sense of uniformity and equality in athletic departments. The University of Tennessee, in one of the most notable examples, has officially expunged the nickname “Lady Vols” and is adopting “Tennessee Volunteers” for all teams, as part of a “One Tennessee” branding campaign.