NHSCA eNewsletter
Apr. 30, 2015

Baltimore coaches trying to keep kids safe, set an example
The Baltimore Sun
Football coaches in Baltimore City know they play critical roles in the lives of their players. As the volatile atmosphere persists following the death of Freddie Gray and the rioting that erupted, they've taken different approaches — but all to keep young men safe.More

Florida bill could revamp high school sports
Sun Sentinel
Florida, known as a springboard for pro and college athletes, may soon overhaul how high school athletics work in the state, including making changes to eligibility and even who oversees competitions. A Florida House recently based a sweeping bill that backers say would help students wanting to compete in high school sports. But critics contend the legislation would essentially open the door for schools to recruit student athletes to switch schools. More

NHSCA Sports Hour examines back-to-back no-hitters
Tune in to tonight's NHSCA Sports Hour with Jeff Fisher at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific. Tonight's guests are Hauppaugue High School (New York) head baseball coach Josh Gutes and his star left-handed pitcher Nick Fanti, who earlier this month threw back-to-back no-hitters. You can listen LIVE and to all of our past shows at artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.More

Federal government urges K-12 schools to comply with Title IX
The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance recently reminding K-12 school districts that, like colleges and universities, they also must have systems in place to address sexual harassment and ensure equal opportunities for male and female athletes. The federal guidance reiterates that school districts must designate a Title IX coordinator to inform students about their rights and instruct administrators about their responsibilities under the law. More

Eating disorders: How teachers and coaches can help
By Amanda Kowalski
She runs three miles every day, but she always seems to be on a diet. He doesn't hang out with his friends as much because he has to work out. She seems thin to everyone else, but says she's fat. Half a million American teens between age 13 and 18 struggle with some sort of eating disorder. The results can be serious, ranging from tooth decay and fatigue to high blood pressure and even death, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. How can teachers and coaches tell if one of their students has an eating disorder? And what can they do?More

Top girls players face difficult choice between club, high school teams
The Washington Post
Pen and pad in hand, FC Virginia under-17 girls' club soccer coach Terry Foley went down the roster and asked the same, simple question following one January practice: "High school or no high school?" Tess Sapone had always enjoyed playing for Oakton High, but as her teammates voted one by one against joining their school teams this spring, Sapone fell into line. "I knew I wanted to play high school, but with everybody sitting there, it was kind of a peer pressure thing," said Sapone, a Florida commit.More

Mystery abounds when it comes to 'neuroscouting' in baseball
The Associated Press via ABC News
Baseball's most compelling video game is not offered in any store. Exactly how many people are playing is unclear but Neuroscouting is the latest way teams and coaches are trying to assist young hitters with pitch recognition.More

Trainers use apps to analyze athletes' motions, prevent injuries
VideoBrief Nothing sidelines a young athlete as fast as a sports injury. To help reduce the risk of injuries, athletic trainers are using special software to teach young players how to perform correctly and safely.More

Diabetes in play: High school athletes don't let it stop them
USA Today
Parents and kids with diabetes are unafraid of competitive sports, as they may have been 20 years ago, said Larry Cooper, a licensed athletic trainer for Penn Trafford High School (Harrison City, Pennsylvania), and chair of the secondary school committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. "People have realized diabetes isn't a debilitating thing, you can still remain very active." The statistics back up what Cooper has seen. More

Portable synthetic turf growing within athletic, fitness markets
Athletic Business
This turf is temporary by design, boasting an ability to be rolled up, removed and later reapplied, or — if you prefer smaller puzzle pieces — stacked and stored for future reconnection. The past five years have seen a growth spurt of portable products available through synthetic turf suppliers, with new models hitting the market only within the past six months. More

St. Olaf baseball initiation ritual 'ingrained in the culture'
Star Tribune
After St. Olaf College's announcement that its 2015 baseball season had been canceled due to hazing, school officials said they didn't have a record of another incident like it. But two former team members, including one who graduated last year, say the initiation rituals were an annual tradition. Nicholas Cundy, who left the Northfield, Minnesota school after his freshman year in 2012, called it "ingrained in the culture.'More

Study: Football players with vision training had fewer concussions
University of Cincinnati via HealthCanal
At a time when concussions are at the forefront of concerns about player safety at all levels of football, University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting a statistically significant lower rate of concussion for players in UC's program who received vision training. Numerous vision training methods were used, including a Dynavision D2 light board, an eye-hand coordination device that tests and improves visual motor skills by using small board-mounted target buttons that light up randomly. More

NFL team's recruiting fair brings coaches together
The Tennessean
Roughly 120 high school and college football coaches filled the fourth-floor West Club for the recent Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Football Coaches Association High School Football Recruiting Fair. "We actually had some colleges sort of talk to us in December about the possibility of doing this," Mt. Juliet coach and TnFCA board member Trey Perry said of the event, designed to provide exposure for high school football players as well as to help smaller college programs better evaluate the state's talent. More