NHSCA eNewsletter
Feb. 27, 2014

The other side of the lens: Amp-up videos
High School Football America
Amp-up videos are a very important part of football. We use them to get the blood flowing and the adrenaline cranked up. After all, don't we all share the guilty pleasure of combing through YouTube trying to find videos that showcase big hits, amazing catches or plays where the running back breaks 24 tackles and does a flip at the end? Well now you, too, can make your own amp up video using the team's Hudl account — and your own athletes' amazing plays.More

MaxPreps Top 10 preseason high school baseball poll
NHSCA Sports Hour
1. Archbishop McCarthy (Florida)
2. Owasso (Oklahoma)
3. Cypress Ranch (Texas)
4. Venice (Florida)
5. Milton (Georgia)More

Transgender policy in effect for Virginia high school sports
Big changes are coming for high school athletics at public schools across Virginia. A new policy will set a precedent, making way for transgender students to play sports. The move wasn't made without concern, but there are many people who say it is just one more show of the state's support for equality.More

California's Golden Valley High School program promotes positive role models
Merced Sun-Star
Athletes often become celebrities on a high school campus, but educators want to make sure those celebrated students are positive role models too. That's some of the reasoning behind the Pursuing Victory with Honor Program at Golden Valley High School in Merced, Calif. "The goals of the program are to promote and celebrate good character as well as to foster leadership among our student athletes," said Julie Rivard, associate principal for athletics and activities.More

Illinois sophomore leaps to national record in triple jump
Belleville News-Democrat
It took Cahokia, Ill.'s Ja'Mari Ward less then half a season to establish himself as the top freshman in the nation in the long jump and triple jump a year ago; Establishing himself as the premier sophomore in the country didn't take nearly as long. Competing at the Triad Knights Indoor Invitational at Principia College in Elsah, Ward broke the national record for a sophomore with a winning leap of 50 feet 2 1/2 inches in the triple jump.More

High school sports will face challenges
News and Observer
"High school athletics will thrive in the United States as long as our society desires the values taught through high school athletics." Robert F. Kanaby, former executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, succinctly summed up the future of high school sports a couple of years ago.More

Nebraska High school athletes who transfer could face more sideline time
The Omaha World Herald
High school athletes in Nebraska might think twice before switching schools if lawmakers approve a bill up for hearing. Under the bill, athletes who transferred after May 1, without changing residence, would be ineligible to participate in varsity sports for 180 school days. That would eliminate them from competition for a whole school year.More

Rule changes in soccer require injured goalkeepers to leave game
High School OT
The National Federation of State High School Associations Soccer Rules Committee approved two rules changes during its Jan. 27-29 meeting in Indianapolis. The recommended rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The committee approved a requirement that a goalkeeper must leave the field when he or she is injured and the referee has stopped the clock. This decision was made in order to minimize the risk of further injury.More