In a few weeks, high school football teams across the country will be starting practice for the 2015 season. It's an exciting time for athletes, coaches and parents. However, before the players put on helmets and pads for the first time a concussion awareness protocol needs to be followed.
I have a cross country friend who will be attending a Division I school in the fall, and she barely has half of tuition covered with her scholarship. Though she is a good student and will likely graduate well off, her college time will be sunk running in circles.
The 'progressive' mayor and a largely useless city council have largely ignored issues in education -- allowing the PSAL to swallow up the SSAL.
No one can predict with any degree of certainty the physical attributes of an athlete. Lineage can provide a glimpse of certain characteristics like height and body structure, of course. But there are more important factors to focus on in the development of a young athlete.
Despite the fact that some people are put off by the significant attention paid to recruiting, sports play a large role in American culture, and a high school athlete getting recruited to play at any level of college is at least newsworthy to the local community and alumni.
The education of a youngster in school does not take place exclusively in the classroom. There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating that what youngsters learn on the field of play is valuable in their overall development as students.
When a sport is transformed into a highly competitive, win-at-all-costs activity, with one's parents foaming at the mouth while yelling at refs, who wants to play anymore?
Mom made a lot of sacrifices for my brother and I so we could play sports. There were times the electric bill wasn't paid or we ate lots of pasta. I didn't appreciate it so much then, but I'm thankful every day to her for that now.
Running up the score can have different effects on members of the losing team for young players. Some might feel totally embarrassed and dejected and decide to quit the team or the sport altogether.
As someone who has avidly watched and followed football for years, I failed to grasp the severity of the many injuries. I ignored the commentators and analysts who believed that football needed to get safer.
There are not a lot of ways out of Barrow, but basketball is one of the best.
Our overarching challenge as people who care about sports and the young people involved in them is to confront and overcome the win-at-all-costs (WAAC) and profit-at-all-costs (PAAC) mentalities that are resulting in a variety of insidious abuses in our little leagues and high schools.
The twin-engine Piper Navajo touched down -- and then the left landing gear folded, according to King Salmon airport manager Kyler Hylton, who stood watching with a fleet of fire trucks and ambulances as the aircraft approached.
I'm a far better person because I was a runner in high school. Because I was dedicated to a pursuit that valued and rewarded camaraderie, strength and willpower. Because I was part of a team that saw me at my best and my worst.
As a society, I wish we would do more to celebrate the boring stuff. The boring stuff is important. Math is important. History is important. English is important.
As the hazing/sexual assault scandal at Sayerville High School has become a national news story, we can't help but ask how this could have happened in the first place.