May 4, 2009 - Issue 406

Flu Crisis Hits Sports  The H1N1 Influenza, commonly known as swine flu, is wreaking havoc on high school and college sports schedules in numerous areas around the country. Two states have completely halted high school play. Read the full story...

NCAA Update  The NCAA Division I Board of Directors met last week and approved several new pieces of legislation forwarded from the Legislative Council, including the addition of sand volleyball. Read the full story...

Size Squabble  A Delaware high school is suing its conference after it was moved into the league’s division of larger schools, forcing the school into the large-school classification for state playoffs. Read the full story...

Brawl Costs Team Three Games  After a bench-clearing brawl during the second game of a doubleheader, the entire Centralia College baseball team—coaching staff included—has been suspended for three games. Read the full story...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE
Outdoor Facilities  With the 2008-09 school year winding down, now is the time to take inventory of your school's outdoor facilities. Here's a checklist of must-haves for next fall. See products...
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Wish Granted  This South Carolina high school is one of 17 to receive a $200,000 grant from the NFL for field renovation. The school plans to install artificial turf. Read the full story...

No College Wrestling In Delaware  Delaware State University has decided to drop its wrestling program, which is the only college grappling team left in the state. The school cites not only economic concerns, but also gender equity and the team’s academic performance. Read the full story...

Training Bill  The Wall Street Journal poses an interesting question: Who is footing the training bill for NFL and NBA draft prospects? Some say it’s not fair that colleges are the ones shelling out for the grooming of these eventual professional athletes. Read the full story...

Soil Conditioner
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Energy Efficiency
Munters provides facilities with energy-efficient air treatment and climate control solutions.
Regional Soil Blends
Beam Clay offers regional infield mixes blended for every state and climate from bulk plants nationwide.
Factory-Direct Headwear
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Stadium Seating
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Consolidation Woes  This Tennessee school district has plans to consolidate its six high schools into three, and the biggest topic of conversation—and controversy—has been what will happen to the schools’ athletic facilities. Read the full story...

Starter’s Pistols Under Fire  School districts in Toronto are currently dealing with a debate over banning starter’s pistols at track and field meets. Some feel the symbolism involved has no place in school athletics. Read the full story...

Progressive Release
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New Faces In New Places  Tis the season for movement in the athletic director ranks. Two colleges have hired athletic directors without prior experience, while high schools are consolidating jobs. Read the full story...

Lighting A Fire  Xavier University Strength Coach Rich Jacobs shares his keys for keeping the Musketeers men’s soccer team hungry and motivated during their workouts. Read the full story...

Big Leagues To Small Time  MLB standout Craig Biggio retired from the Houston Astros in 2007, and is now coaching an area high school team without pay. Read the full story...

CASE STUDY
Three Steps to Change  Dale Getz of Toro Co. discusses one of the most challenging aspects of turf management: How to accomplish all the necessary agronomic practices in a short window of time. Read more...

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