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High school basketball reclassification trend brings mixed results as athletes seek an edge
The Washington Post
Staying back to get ahead in athletics is an old and largely accepted practice. In college, it's called "redshirting". At the high school level, post-graduate years at private schools allow Division I scholarship hopefuls to improve their athletic profile or academic standing. But for elite high school basketball players looking to gain an extra year's worth of height, strength and schooling, a growing trend is called "reclassifying," registering with a graduating class later than their original.
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The challenges of academics and recruiting: Part II
By Ross Tucker
The hardest part of recruiting for most of the academically elite schools is putting together the class once you know where every prospect is from a test score and transcript standpoint. For schools in the Ivy League, for example, it is a complex puzzle that rivals the NFL salary cap. Each Ivy institution — and there are other conferences with similar structures — is allowed to bring in a certain number of players at different academic "bands." The bands are ranges of a player's "academic index," and it varies from school to school. Sound complicated? It is.
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Hoover awarded 2013 USA high school football public school national championship
AL.com
Hoover has won a lot of football games and garnered a lot of awards and hardware that comes with it. Blue maps. Repeats. Threepeats. Fourpeats. Win streaks. Domination. All-American players. National TV spotlight games on ESPN and ESPNU. It gets harder and harder for any team to top the results of what the program's previous powerhouse teams have attained. It's going to be even harder now after USA Football Network Inc. announced that Hoover's back-to-back AHSAA Class 6A state championship team was named its 2013 public school national champions.
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Scoliosis doesn't dampen spirits of Fort Collins, Colorado, swimmer
The Coloradoan
The pain was always there, a consistent companion for Fort Collins, Colo., High School swimmer Hannah Mechtenberg at the start of her junior season in the winter of 2012. There was the physical pain of muscle spasms related to surgery Mechtenberg had to repair scoliosis. There was the mental pain when she realized back issues would keep her from competing her junior year.
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High schools may get conditioning coaches
The Daily Journal
Helping prevent injury and balance out fitness for student athletes is the idea behind hiring new strength, conditioning and fitness coaches for California's San Mateo Union High School District and some athletic directors are trying to figure out if they have the funds or need for the roles. The position is something schools in the district had already begun to create, but a job description and funding amounts approved by the school board last December formalized the roles to make them consistent across schools.
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Weight room got you down? Try these winter outdoor workouts
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During the winter, weight rooms can get especially crowded. If you're waiting too long to use the equipment, why not move your training outdoors? It will not only add some variety to your sessions, it will also give you a refreshing change of scenery. But first, let's take a closer look at the benefits of exercising outside.
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