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Tools of the Trade
March 19, 2012 - Issue 553
Cutting State Tourneys
 In New York, tight budgets have the state association talking about the idea of not holding state tournaments. Schools on Long Island say the travel to Upstate host sites can be a financial hardship. Read the full story...
MAC Launches Social Media Lounge
 At its men’s basketball tournament, the Mid-American Conference introduced a new venture into social media coverage. It offered a select group of fans the ability to network from a Wi-Fi enabled suite and provide media coverage from a fan perspective. Read the full story...
Smart Tactics or Travesty?
 The Springfield (Ore.) High School girls’ basketball team recently captured its second straight Oregon 5A state girls basketball championship. However it was the final point tally that made national headlines: 16-7, thanks to its opponent’s unique stalling strategy. Read the full story...
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Tougher Rules for Ineligible Players
 In Tennessee, the TSSAA has voted that teams with ineligible players will have to forfeit games, instead of just vacating wins. Read the full story...
Making the Switch
 Is moving to a major conference all it’s cracked up to be for former mid-major programs? Read the full story...
Case Study
On The Field With HME  Brandon Houston has coached football at Lorena (Texas) High School since 2008, and has been working the sidelines for more than 15 years overall. This past season, Lorena switched to the HME DX300 headsets for its coaching staff, and Houston, the team's offensive coordinator, says he'd never go back to another brand.
Rhabdomyolysis at Ohio State
 Four members of the Ohio State University women’s lacrosse team recently were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, a condition associated with intense workouts. Read the full story...
Long-Term Research
 University of Texas-Arlington researchers are following the football players at a local high school through their four years of school to study how hits to the head affect their cognitive skills. Read the full story...
No Dodging the Attention
 Despite working a spring training camp that is home to the reigning National League Cy Young winner and the MVP runner-up, Athletic Trainer Sue Falsone is leading the Los Angeles Dodgers in media requests. Read the full story...
Product Showcase
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Race a Factor?
 A high school baseball coach says he was fired so the school could replace him with an Asian-American coach in an attempt to attract a more diverse student body. Read the full story...
The Magic of Video
 University of Virginia Head Football Coach Mike London used a video message to snag a top recruit. Read the full story...
Advertisements Bump Coach
 Alums of a Maryland high school are upset that a new scoreboard has ads on it, rather than the name of a former coach. The school insists it was the only way for the scoreboard to be built. Read the full story...
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For high quality, economical speakers for your arena, gymnasium, recreational facility or public address system look to Octasound.
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Productive Practice Time
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Hands on Deck
Pro's Choice offers a whole team of products to help make your infield the best it can be.
An Unstoppable Force
Shaw Sportexe's Combined Resources and Experience Creates an Unstoppable Force in the Synthetic Turf Sports Industry.
Hilltopper Mound Clay
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Computer-Aided Specialties
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