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Tune-in to the May 15 edition of NHSCA Sports Hour radio show with host Jeff Fisher, who takes listeners around the country talking high school sports. Listen to the show at 6 p.m EDT at
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The Sam draft impact on high school sports
One of the most respected high school and college football coaches calls Michael Sam's arrival as a St. Louis Ram, a "teachable moment." Coach Rich Grawer said football is a tough and macho field, but between the rushes and passes, coaches build the character of their young athletes. "We've got an opportunity to really educate these kids. The teachable moment is tolerance, acceptance, willing to treat human beings as human beings no matter what their sexual preference," said Grawer.
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New lacrosse rule aims to make boys' game safer
Having already emptied their pockets of flags, officials at an early-season boys' lacrosse game between St. Thomas Academy and Holy Angels resorted to launching their hats airborne to indicate more infractions. The rash of penalties came at the end of a wild sequence of player collisions, followed by pushing and shoving in a match that provided an early test of the sport's new resolve to reduce violent collisions. A new body-checking rule approved last summer makes it illegal to target a player in a defenseless position.
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7 characteristics of the relationship-driven coach
Pro sports organizations value coaches who build relationships and demand accountability from every player on their teams. Pete Carroll, head coach of the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks, is a prime example of a coach who isn't afraid to build personal relationships with his players and not just on a surface level. Carroll is truly committed to making his players feel cared about and loved.
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Recent increase in high school athlete concussion rates noted
In the United States, from 2005–2006 to 2011–2012 there was an increase in concussion diagnosis rates in high school sports, according to a study published online April 16 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
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Where cheerleading ranks in safety among high school sports
Think of a dangerous high school sport, and football is probably the first that comes to mind. You might not think of those students in uniform on the sidelines, cheering for the players. And yet cheerleading isn't as safe as you might think, which was one of the reasons New York state — following 34 other states and Washington, D.C. — reclassified it as an official school sport last month.
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California high school athlete auctions himself on eBay to get baseball scholarship
New York Daily News
His condition is "new without tags" and his shipping information is "free local pickup." Southern California high school senior Austin Herold put himself up for auction on eBay, hoping to entice a Division 1 college to offer him a baseball scholarship.
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Performance sport conditioning: Safe shoulders
The Province
Of all the joints in an athlete's body, one of the most complicated and potentially the most vulnerable is the shoulder. Used during almost all shooting and throwing activities, as well as in physical contact sports, the shoulder is subject to a variety of traumatic and/or overuse injuries.
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In-season baseball pitcher workout program
Pitchers need to take a different approach to in-season training than position players, and that includes their warm-up. Many high school and college pitchers don't have a clue how to warm up or train during the season and are in the gym doing more harm than good. For the season to be successful and injury-free, it's important to develop a pitcher program that maintains the shoulder. Here is a good program to try on your off days.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Racism in high school sports (The Patriot-News)
How parents are ruining youth sports (The Boston Globe)
Changes made to free throw rules in high school basketball (High School OT)
'Report card' evaluating physical activity of America's children and youth (Newswise)
Winning isn't all that matters in prep sports (Green Bay Press Gazette)

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