Who’s to Blame?  A large-scale fight among athletes at a Maryland high school football game led to the cancellation of one team’s season and the firing of its seven assistant coaches. The head coach resigned but remains as athletic director. This article questions if the right people were punished. Read the full story...

Recruiting Changes  On the court, NCAA Division I men’s basketball is off to a running start. Off the court, new recruiting rules are in the works, including one that disallows a school from employing anyone associated with a recruit in any capacity. Read the full story...

Parents’ Role  What should parents focus on to help their children become great athletes? In this excerpt from his new book, The High School Sports Parent, Jim Thompson, President of the Positive Coaching Alliance, provides some great answers. Read the full story...

National Debate  Prominent women’s soccer coaches weigh in on the media attention surrounding the widely publicized hair pulling incident by a University of New Mexico women’s soccer player two weekends ago. Read the full story...

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Costly All-Star Game  Five seniors on this New York high school soccer team were declared ineligible after playing in an all-star game and had to sit out the team’s state playoff games. Read the full story...

Academic Bonus  In last week’s multi-part article on football coaches salaries that appeared in USA Today, this detail about assistant coaches’ bonus structure emerged: At San Diego State, assistants get no bonus money unless the team’s scholarship players’ average GPA is at least 2.3, at least 75% of the scholarship players have at least a 2.2 GPA and the team’s APR is at least 925. The coaches also wouldn’t get bonuses if the football team exceeds its expense budget. Read the full story...

Officials in the News  The past few weeks have seen several controversies surrounding officials’ calls. We take a look at the news items, which include an interview with an official whose flag was overturned. Read the full story...

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Specialization Still On The Rise  The American College of Sports Medicine says the number of youth athletes working with personal trainers—mainly for year-round sport specialization—has doubled in the last few years. Read the full story...

Core of Four  A look at an innovative, systematic approach to performing the Olympic lifts using a 13-pound, five-foot-long steel rod, as explained by Wayzata (Minn.) High School Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ryan Johnson. Read the full story...

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Pro Problems  After passing up his senior year of high school to play professional basketball overseas, Jeremy Tyler is struggling to find the success that once came so easily. Read the full story...

Mixed Bag  A new study reports that high school boys who play team sports are more likely than other peers to engage in risky or violent behaviors, while female athletes were found to have lower rates of depression, smoking, and marijuana use. Read the full story...

AD’s School Pride  University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear chose to drive to another airport for a connecting flight rather than board a plane painted in Boise State University colors. Read the full story...

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Time Tells: A QA with Bill Butler  A legendary groundskeeper for minor and Major League Baseball teams, Bill Butler has seen it all when it comes to field maintenance. In this interview, Butler talks about his storied career, and the creativity on the mower that keeps his field designs at Coca-Cola Park among the best. Read more...

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