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As 2013 comes to a close, NHSCA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NHSCA eNewsletter a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume January 9.

Can kids play 3 sports anymore?
From October 10: VideoBriefOf 1,100 student-athletes at Minnesota's Minnetonka High School, 3 percent play three sports. Ten or 20 years ago, Minnetonka Activities Director Ted Schultz says, that percentage would have been closer to 30 percent. "I think it has a lot to do with society," Schultz said. "I think that pressure to do more in one thing, to get to the top, has really influenced our student population. It's influenced our parents and the communities we live in."
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New rule enhances sportsmanship
From August 22: The landscape of high school sports is ever-changing. Plenty of freshmen are beginning their careers in high school athletics, while some seniors will be looking to make their final mark. A lot has changed in the time that those seniors have been in high school. Athletes are bigger and stronger, games are more competitive and the rules have become easier or harder to follow. One rule that has been adapted for the upcoming school year involves sportsmanship, something we have been taught about from the first time we step on a football field, tennis court or soccer pitch.
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Youth football team runs trick play to perfection
Haboob Blog
From November 21: VideoBriefA wise man once said that deception is just a part of life. And if no one has said that, someone should. Anyway, those words are rarely more evident than on a football field, where teams do all they can to outsmart their opponents. As such, tomofoolery often comes into the equation. Take, for instance, a play between the Hialeah Cougars and the Dania Beach Bears in Florida.
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The secret to teen athletes' success might be their sleep
The Dallas Morning News
From September 5: When his high school football players struggle to build strength and gain weight with little improvement, Jeff Jordan asks them about their diets and training routines. He also asks: "How many hours of sleep are you getting every night?" Inevitably, he says, kids who aren't getting results aren't getting enough sleep.
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Brett Favre is again a champion — a 6A state champ in Mississippi
CBS Sports
From December 12: For those who are still concerned that Brett Favre might one day return to the NFL to give it another go playing quarterback, you probably shouldn't worry about it anymore. Favre, after all, is back in high school now and apparently doing quite well. Favre actually is the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High School in Mississippi, and recently, the Warriors beat Tupelo 14-7 to win the 6A state title, Oak Grove's first-ever championship.
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Get faster and more nimble with 10 agility ladder drills
From November 28: Coaches prize athletes who are quick on their feet, because they give the whole team an edge. The ability to spontaneously move fast in multiple directions can mean the difference between a win and a loss. Here are 10 agility ladder drills that combine ladder movements (e.g., hops and jumps) with multidirectional sprinting to enhance lower-body muscular endurance, particularly when required late in games or matches. They also improve vertical and horizontal jumping performance.
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High school football coach benches entire team for character issues
From October 3: VideoBriefA Utah high school football coach suspended his entire team recently, and it had nothing to do with their performance on the field. Matt Labrum, the head coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, benched all 50 of his players because of character issues. Fed up with poor grades, attendance and attitude problems — in addition to learning that one or two players may have been involved in cyber-bullying another student — Labrum ordered all of his players to turn in their jerseys and equipment following a loss to Judge Memorial Catholic on Sept. 20.
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Findlay Prep: A top high school basketball team, with no school
From December 5: Late November ushers in the start of the high school basketball season and with it, in our increasingly sports-obsessed ecosystem, national high school basketball rankings. USA TODAY provides a preseason Top 25, as do the prep-centric websites and These three publications agree upon two things: (1) Findlay Prep, based in Henderson, Nev., is either the No. 1 or No. 2 high school boys basketball team in the nation and (2) Findlay Prep is not a high school.
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How 300 pounds became magic number for high school football
News & Observer
From October 17: North Carolina high school football linemen who want to play in college face a choice: Go big or go home. As college athletes grow in size, high school football players — particularly offensive linemen — believe that they have to pack on pounds if they want to play at the next level. Some lift weights to build muscle. Others bulk up any way they can, even if they have to eat their way to 300 pounds.
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