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Home   Foundation   Development   Convention   Professional Development Jan. 11, 2011
Arizona shooting touches sports
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A moment of silence was held before the Bowl Championship Series title game on Jan. 10 in honor of the victims of the recent shooting in Tucson, a two-hour drive from the game's site in Glendale, Ariz. Officials for the Fiesta Bowl, which hosted the game, did not specify whether additional security measures were taken in the wake of the shooting that wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead. More

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He's a top tackler
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Scribbled inside school folders, the daily reminders Rob Ninkovich recorded as a high school athlete could be read by anyone. Mike Ninkovich peeked inside his son's folder one day and saw phrases such as "stay strong" and "be mentally tough" written in bold. For a high school student with dreams of becoming a college football player and eventually reaching the NFL, Ninkovich focused on the attributes he hoped would carry him through each level. His process not only helped him carry out his plan, it also has helped the linebacker rejuvenate his career as he wrapped up the 2010 regular season with the Patriots, playing in all 16 games for the first time in his five-year career. More

Soon, helmet data at a keystroke
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When a parent or youth-sports official decides which helmet will protect the head of a young football player, hard information ducks for cover. All results from manufacturers' laboratory testing are kept tightly confidential by industry agreement. The graphs and percentages that make it into marketing materials — and are often embellished by sales representatives — have become questionable enough that the Federal Trade Commission has been asked to investigate helmet companies for misleading safety claims. More

Adidas unveils lightest football cleat ever
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If speed kills in football, then Adidas would seem to have the perfect shoe for maximizing it. When Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry took to the gridiron recently, they weren't wearing their usual adiZero Scorch footwear, which weigh a still-featherweight 8.6 ounces each. Instead, they were officially unveiling the 6.9-ounce 5 Star, which Adidas says is the lightest football cleat ever made. More

All-time ranking of BCS bowls the classics
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It's been 13 years since the Big Ten and Pac 10 relented and joined the bizarre exercise known as the BCS to form the system, for the most part we have now. Over the last decade-plus have been some of the greatest games in the history of college football, to go along with a slew of major clunkers. As the 2011 BCS season kicks in, here's the CFN ranking of all 52 BCS bowl games from 1999 to 2010 with the ones that rank among best battles ever. More

Concussion bill would follow Indiana High School Athletic Association's lead
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Legislation has been introduced in the Indiana Senate that would provide legal requirements for the treatment of head injuries at high school athletic events. The protocols follow the requirements already instituted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. "The proposal in its current form is both acceptable and welcomed by the (Indiana High School Athletic) Association," said Bobby Cox, who will take over as IHSAA commissioner Feb. 1. "The law further emphasizes the importance of monitoring concussions, but it doesn't change what we're doing." More

IFAF names 40 players from 8 countries and 4 continents to World Team roster
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The International Federation of American Football has selected 40 players from eight countries and four continents for the World Team roster to face the U.S Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Westlake High School Stadium in Austin, Texas. The annual game will match a 45-player World Team, which will be completed in the coming weeks, against 45 of the top high school seniors from the United States. The World Team will feature the best players age 19-and-under selected from among the 59 IFAF member countries under Canadian head coach Greg Marshall, whose coaching staff is selected from eight countries. More

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