NHSCA eNewsletter
Mar. 12, 2015

Uniform numbers getting harder to read, causing problems
CBS Sports
College sports' never-ending uniform craze has included a number of jerseys with unreadable numbers, which have in turn created competitive concerns. It's a small but increasing minority of schools with numbers on their jerseys that are tough to read.More

Bergen Catholic crowns 4 state champs at NJSIAA wrestling championships
NHSCA Sports Hour
Bergen Catholic closed-out the 2014-15 wrestling season by becoming just the third team since World War II to crown four individual state champs. The Crusaders, the No. 1 team in New Jersey, went a perfect four-for-four in Sunday's championship round.More

High school football coaching jobs
High School Football America
Our job board currently has over 250 active high school football job openings from around the country. More

Listen to the NHSCA Sports Hour
ArtistFirst via NHSCA
The 26th annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships will take center stage on tonight's NHSCA Sports Hour with Jeff Fisher. To register for the event go to nhsca.com. To listen to the show at 6 p.m. eastern, go to artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.More

Coach told he may never walk again leads team to state playoffs
CNN via KCPQ-TV
On the basketball court, Karl Turk forgets that he walks with a limp and a cane. He'll get so caught up in the moment that he'll gesture with his hands to make a point and his cane will go flying. He's in the zone. Now, the man who was told he might never walk again is coaching his team in the state playoffs. Turk is the head basketball coach at West Oso High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.More

Angry fans cited in shortage of refs in Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Western Pennsylvania's youth sports leagues are experiencing a referee shortage. And a big part of the reason, sports officials say, is criticism referees endure from spectators and coaches. More

Student with cerebral palsy helps Connecticut team win with final basket
WFSB-TV
VideoBrief An East Haven (Connecticut) High School student stole the show during a recent basketball game, but it isn't because he scored the most points. It is actually because the freshman students made the biggest difference. Dejon Knight, 16, isn't on the East Haven Varsity Basketball Team, but he practices with them. Every day Knight fights, and has been since being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.More

Are female athletes neglected by concussion research?
The Windsor Star
At a recent gathering in Washington for National Girls & Women in Sports Day, leaders from the Women's Sports Foundation provided a congressional hearing with some mind-boggling statistics regarding the higher rates of concussion among female athletes compared to their male counterparts playing the same sport. According to WSF research, concussion rates are double for girls playing U.S. high school soccer compared to boys and three times higher for girls in high school softball compared to boys' baseball.More

Valuable lessons are learned through participation in youth sports
The Huffington Post
One lazy Sunday afternoon in March, more than a decade ago, light cascaded through our living room window and landed on a child-sized basketball hoop. It was illuminated in a way that held my attention — like a scene from a suspense movie. My family sat captivated by the fervor of lights and sounds emanating from the TV. An NBA announcer belted out, "Now introducing your Sacramento Kings!" The anticipation mounted as each of us waited to cheer our "favorite" player. Like most die-hard sports fans, we interact exuberantly with the television.More

High school sports good for the community
Tallahassee Democrat
Research has long shown that high school sports teach discipline, teamwork and leadership. Learning how to lose and win respectfully and builds a strong work ethic. Yes, there are those student athletes who throw their equipment after a bad play or feel the need to bully their teammates, but those are not the kids who are reflected in the trophies and medals lining the hallways of Godby, Chiles, Maclay and others in Leon County, Florida.More

Worried about heart defects, some NCAA schools take action
The Wall Street Journal
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young American athletes, is usually detectable via a routine EKG, or electrocardiogram. And while most colleges don't subject athletes to EKGs, growing numbers of them do, including LSU, Notre Dame and Washington.More

For upper-body warm-ups, stretch multiple muscles at once
Reuters
Stretches that work several muscle groups at once are great for upper-body warm-ups before a workout, an Australian study finds. Although athletes and coaches often swear by stretching, many common pre-workout routines may not actually enhance performance, said lead author Matt McCrary, a master’s degree candidate at the University of Sydney.More

Courageous veteran, amputee tries out for Tigers
Detroit Tigers
Daniel Jacobs tried out with the Detroit Tigers organization, wearing high socks, one ankle simply a little thinner than the other, but moving around like any other ballplayer, on his own, as player No. 301. In a camp full of long shots, his was among the longest, trying out at age 29. But for an Iraq war veteran and amputee to get this far, long shots don't mean much to him.More

Early analysis: New NCAA baseball brings more home runs
NCAA
The NCAA released its first analysis of how the flat-seam baseball is having an effect on Division I baseball. Through the first three weeks of the season, home runs are up 40 percent. However, runs scored in a game are up only 4 percent and the batting average only increased from .263 to .264. Strikeouts have risen from 6.81 per nine innings in 2014 to 7.66 per nine innings in 2015. Due to weather, teams had played an average of one less game.More