NHSCA eNewsletter
Jan. 29, 2015

School sports costs leave some students on sidelines
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Many American children can't afford to participate in school sports, a new survey finds. Only 30 percent of students in families with annual household incomes of less than $60,000 played school sports, compared with 51 percent of students in families that earned $60,000 or more a year.More

NHSCA Sports Hour looks at winter sports postseason
NHSCA
Listen to the NHSCA Sports Hour with Jeff Fisher tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern as he looks at the pending postseason for the winter sports. If you missed last week's show about the return of wrestling to Temple University, go to artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.More

College athletes overestimate possibility of playing professionally
Inside Higher Ed
College athletes vastly overestimate their chances of playing professional sports. The problem is so pervasive that Mark Emmert, the NCAA's president, devoted significant space to the issue during his most recent state of the association address, saying that "athletes often have incredibly unrealistic perceptions of their professional prospects."More

'Moneyball' hits high school basketball
The Indianapolis Star
A small but growing number of coaches are using advanced statistics and video breakdown to gain an advantage — or, at least, attempt to — in high school basketball. Think "Moneyball" for high school basketball.More

Playoff forfeit, 2-year playoff ban sparks youth sports debate
San Jose Mercury News
California's Central Coast Section Commissioner Nancy Lazenby Blaser announced recently that the powerful Junipero Serra High School football team will be banned from postseason play for the next two seasons after Coach Patrick Walsh chose to have his team skip a playoff "consolation" game last month against Milpitas High over what he said were safety concerns. But the case goes beyond what would have been a sports contest remembered mostly by the participants, parents and coaches. It raises deeper questions about the spirit and intent of high school sports — and what lessons kids can learn from them.More

High schools earn failing grade in security planning
Athletic Business
Fights, sadly, are a part of the high school sports experience as the mixture of passionate teenagers, parents and spectators in a heightened sensory environment have proved to be a toxic combination far too often. While that is an issue, it's not the real issue. No, the bigger issue is the lack of a proactive approach to security on the high school level; that lack of investing in the necessary resources to ensure the safest possible environment. More

Debate continues over artificial turf fields
Orange County Register
There is a growing national debate over fake-grass fields, especially the key ingredient now used to make them softer: ground-up tires. Now a California lawmaker wants the state to stop synthetic fields being built in schools, parks, stadiums and other recreational places until further studies determine whether they are safe.More

When student-athletes struggle with mental illness
Michigan Radio
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 1 in 4 young adults between the ages of 18-24 has a diagnosable mental illness. But student athletes are far less likely to seek help than non-athletes, says a 2014 study done by a group called the Healthy Minds Network, which is run by a University of Michigan professor. So with funding from the NCAA, the University of Michigan started a pilot program this fall to reduce the stigma around mental health for athletes.More

High schools seek a safer path back from concussion
NPR
After a concussion, how long should student-athletes be out of school? At least one high school — Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas — is already trying to adopt a more balanced approach.More

Head coaches praise contributions of longtime assistants
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio's Westerville South coach Ed Calo used to remind assistant Patrick Palumbo every season that he would write flattering letters of recommendation if he pursued a high school head coaching job of his own. Those talks ended some time ago. Many head coaches across central Ohio say they are blessed to have been served by longtime assistants. They rely daily on their assistants’ knowledge, experience and wisdom to help guide their respective programs.More

Private lessons have changed baseball dramatically
The Oakland Press
Baseball was once defined by its mass appeal on the participatory level. Lessons? Those were for golfers. Not any more. Baseball lessons are now considered a necessity. Essentially eliminated from the game at the MLB, and professional levels overall, have been unorthodox pitching motions.More