NHSCA eNewsletter
Feb. 20, 2014

Kentucky wrestler with cerebral palsy wins match on senior night
Jeff Fisher says: When you spend enough time in high school sports like I have, you come across many great, inspirational stories. This one out of Kentucky tops them all, because as I watched the video and read the story of Willie Burton of Fairdale High School in Kentucky, I cried — no lie — you NEED to enjoy these two videos from the Courier-Journal.More

Part 1: The 30 things I learned as a 1st year head football coach
High School Football America
Brian Wical says: Originally when I had the idea of sharing all of the lessons that I learned this season, I wanted to rank everything, 1-30. However, I soon discovered after brainstorming topics, it was too hard to actually list them in any kind of order, ranking one ahead of another. Therefore, I am just going to write about each one in the order that I came up with them.More

Tune in to the National High School Coaches Association Sports Hour
On the February 20th edition of the NHSCA Sports Hour, host Jeff Fisher will talk about the high school basketball and wrestling seasons coming to a close, plus he preview the 2014 high school baseball season. Fisher will also begin previewing the 25th annual NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships at the end of March in Virginia Beach, Virginia. To register for the event that will be held from March 27th through the 30th, go to nhsca.com. You can listen to the NHSCA Sports Hour every Thursday night at 6 p.m. EST at www.artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.More

'Targeting' and 'defenseless player' defined in new high school football rules
High school football has borrowed some terminology from the NFL and NCAA rulebooks to help ensure player safety for the upcoming season. According to a press release from the National Federation of State High School Associations, several new rules have been approved for the 2014 season to attempt to decrease the risk of head injury. Most notable is the definition of "targeting," a rule that has been somewhat controversial in NCAA football.More

Better baseball batting through brain science
Los Angeles Times
The brain specialists on the University of California Riverside campus might have proved Yogi Berra right: 90 percent of baseball really is mental, regardless of Berra's calculations about "the other half." The Highlanders baseball team can thank the neuroscience department for about 42 more runs and five wins last season, according to a study. Nineteen of the players took part in an experiment aimed at sharpening the way their visual cortex processes stimuli, improving their visual acuity by an average of 31 percent, according to the study.More

Texas high school pitcher strikes out 22
NHSCA Sports Hour
It took Texas' Ferris High School pitcher Evan Pontley 97 pitches to strike-out 22 batters, while throwing a complete game no-hitter in a game against Mabank. Not bad, considering there's usually only 21 outs in a seven inning game.More

Girls tackle wrestling as newer sport in Arkansas high schools
It's a sport that focuses highly on technique and outsmarting your opponent and while it's anything but elegant, that's not keeping some young ladies in Little Rock from sticking it to the guys. If you ask local coaches, girl's wrestling is picking up across the state, but it's not quite to the point where there are enough girls to wrestle each other on a weekly basis. That means in order to compete, these young ladies are going up against the guys.More

New Orleans UYA teaches baseball, life lessons
As the practice pop fly took an awkward bounce in center field, Jarid Montgomery was perplexed. A senior center fielder for Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, Montgomery is accustomed to practicing on a small, dilapidated field filled with potholes and dead grass — where bounces are few and far between. Now fielding the pop fly on artificial turf as a participant in the Urban Youth Academy's Coaches Clinic at Wesley Barrow Stadium, he turned to a legend.More

Overuse injuries among young athletes examined in study
The Lebanon Democrat
The increased emphasis on success in youth sports has made overuse injuries more common. With concerns mounting as children train harder, compete more frequently and specialize in a single sport earlier, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine released a position statement that provides guidance to health providers who care for young athletes.More