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High school football coach benches entire team for character issues
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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Coach keeps Groveport Madison, Ohio, football players focused on classes
The Columbus Dispatch
On most days, Groveport Madison, Ohio, High School's football team starts practice in the cafeteria. Before team members gear up for the football field, they have to check in with assistant coach Kaeri King, who monitors their homework assignments, follows their test schedules and connects players with tutors for extra academic help. "The goal is to make sure they are eligible so they can play for the entire season," said King, who also teaches environmental science.
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Coming out of the haze
Psychology Today
With school in session again, hazing has returned to the headlines. Hazing — often confined to reports about sports teams and fraternity pledging — usually starts with foolish, but harmless, requests that can quickly escalate into dangerous and even life-threatening activity. How are incidents of hazing still occurring, and what can schools do to prevent them?
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Granby, Conn.'s $3.2 million athletic field opens to cheers, 'a dream come true'
The Register Citizen via The Granby News
Granby, Conn., Memorial High School's new $3.2 million athletic facility opened Sept. 17 to a cheering crowd at a dedication ceremony on a bright New England morning. Dennis Lobo, Granby's cross-country coach for 47 years, said students had no track at all when the cross-country program began decades ago. The new athletic facility took less than one year to build, having broken ground in mid-Nov. 2012.
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    Horizontal exercises: The one thing missing from your workouts
    The exercises you perform in the weight room will increase your size and strength, but they won't necessarily make you a better athlete. The vast majority of exercises athletes perform involve moving their body or weight up and down in the vertical plane of motion. The problem is, sports are played horizontally.
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    Functional training: Making the most of daily movements
    Functional training is a buzz phrase in the fitness industry and, often, it gets widely interpreted. Many people confuse functional exercises with high-impact movements. Functional fitness is, as the name suggests, all about being fit for everything, through a combination of aerobic, anaerobic, agility, muscular endurance, strength and power training.
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