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15th Annual NHSCA Duals
Young Guns Black from Pennsylvania captured the high school division of the 15th annual NHSCA National Duals in Virginia Beach, Virginia, over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The middle school division was captured by Mile High from Colorado. Winning the elementary division was the IL Menace from Illinois.
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NHSCA Radio Show
Tune into to the May 29th NHSCA Sports Hour, presented by the National High School Coaches Association, as host Jeff Fisher looks back at the 2013-14 high school sports season. The show airs at 6 p.m. EDT. Listen LIVE at
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Prep athletes watch social media output
St. Cloud Times
Jeff Fasching knows that as one of the more prominent high school athletes in central Minnesota — not to mention the son of the head football coach at St. John's University — his postings on Twitter and other forms of social media are likely to draw more attention than those of some of his peers. And Fasching, the St. Cloud Cathedral senior, said he tries to conduct himself accordingly.
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Scoring of high school wheelchair athletes spurs debate
News & Observer
State high school athletic associations across the country are working to find the most equitable way to incorporate competition for students with impairments into interscholastic athletics. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association boys' 4A track and field championship, outdistancing second-place Apex 63-57, helped by eight points gained in events for students with impairments.
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States begin adopting policies regarding transgenders in student athletics
Despite never being previously faced with a decision on a transgender athlete's eligibility, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association adopted a policy requiring student athletes to compete with teammates of the same gender listed on their birth certificate. "We want to give all of our students the opportunity to be involved in our programs," NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield said.
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3 personality traits for creating a winning team culture
Todd Durkin says: The coaching staff for the Major League Baseball team I consult with asked me during spring training to share my perspective on how a football coach leads his staff — or how to "coach your coaches" — throughout the year, and how it can relate to a baseball manager's job. As I prepared my outline, I identified three jobs the leader of an organization or team must perform. To reinforce this teaching, I devised three distinct descriptors of what a mature head coach (or leader) looks like and where his or her focus needs to be on a daily basis.
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How 1 special teen inspired a high school football team
Rudy Tapia was nervous when his son, Matt, told him he wanted to join his California high school football team. But Matt, a student with special needs, who'd been born three months premature weighing only 1 1/2 lbs., was determined. And when the pair approached Santa Monica High School coach Travis Clark, "I didn't think twice about it," Clark said. "When he asked to play, I said, 'Of course, absolutely no problem.'" What happened next is chronicled by director Seth Shapiro in the inspiring new short film, "Matt."
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