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High school coaches OK with standardized helmets
Colorado Springs Gazette
Before the first day of contact for football players at Palmer High School, Colo., first-year coach Justin Rich made everyone take off their helmet and read the warning label on the back. Rich, as he's done with other programs, reads the label aloud so the players know what the helmet does and doesn't do. "That's one of the best tools that I've got, and I've done it every year I've coached," Rich said. "Before we even talk about tackling we read that warning."
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Athletes must take onus for their own grades
The News Dispatch
It happens every year. A promising athlete is rendered ineligible or blows his or her shot at the big time because of poor grades. Sure, our sports culture is partially responsible for this. We spoil student-athletes into thinking they're above the rules because they can put a ball through a hoop or throw a football 60 yards. With that kind of coddling, student-athletes may think the grades don't matter. But they do. And our sports culture, including the way people give preferential treatment to student-athletes, isn't going to change any time soon.
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High schools alter NCAA penalty for targeting rule
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
One of the most heated discussions from Big 12 Football Media Days recently was the new targeting rule, which carries with it an ejection penalty that could carry over from one game to the next. The University Interscholastic League, which follows NCAA rules and annually evaluates the new rules changes made by the NCAA, will follow the new targeting rule with one exception.
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Texas heat + coaching ingenuity = high school football 'Midnight Madness'
KTVT-TV
The heat won't be so bad for one North Texas high school football team, because their coach has found a creative way to beat the heat. The Krum High School football team still has two-a-day practices but the first one starts when the clock strikes twelve. They call it "Midnight Madness!"
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The battle of the concussion experts: Coaches caught in the middle
By Rey Hernandez
In case you haven't noticed, the battle of the concussion experts has started, and football coaches are now stuck in the middle. When it comes to conflicting data, coaches on all levels have two options — they can take a side or they can become more involved in the policymaking component of this important area of player safety. This commentary is not intended to side with one position but rather to pose some questions coaches need to consider as they formulate practice plans that will require that this important issue be taken under consideration.
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Industry Pulse: Will limiting contact in football practice have a negative effect on the game?
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MCA clinic educational, social event for Montana coaches
Billings Gazette
The 46th annual Montana Coaches Association multi-sports clinic is underway at Great Falls High School. The event serves as an educational tool for coaches and athletic directors from around Montana. "The clinic is all about educating our coaches on current events and changes," said Don Olsen, the MCA executive director. "It's just an opportunity for coaches to expand on the knowledge of the sport they love." Olsen estimates that 700 coaches will attend this year's clinic to listen to guest speakers and visit with exhibitors.
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9 Miami-Dade high schools have new football coaches
Miami Herald
There are nine high schools overall in Dade, Fla., that have new football coaches with the start of fall practices less than a week away. A few are settling in to their new digs. Homestead has hired former Miami Palmetto coach Larry Coffey as its new coach. Coffey spent last season away from coaching, but coached at Palmetto for six years prior compiling a 52-32 record and leading the Panthers to the regional semifinals in 2008.
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Coaching school panel addresses 'third-party' recruitment
Houston Chronicle
The first day of the 81st annual Texas High School Coaches Association Convention and Coaching School had an informal, relaxed atmosphere. But that didn't mean serious topics weren't addressed. That was the case during the NCAA Division I head football coaches panel discussion. "I don't really think any of us really want to have to get into what basketball is going through dealing with third parties and dealing with agents almost — that's what they're called," Texas State coach Dennis Franchione said of the increasing number of third-party persons and businesses getting involved in recruiting.
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Everything we know about soccer is wrong
Forbes
It has been nearly two months since "The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong" was published in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, meaning that soccer quants in North America have had to pay for international shipping if they wanted to get their hands on the book. The need for such expensive shipping ended on July 30th, 2013 when the book was published in both the United States and Canada by Penguin. While the authors of the book, Chris Anderson and David Sally, have been very pleased with the book's reception in Europe they are looking forward to what they hope is a slightly different reaction in North America.
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What to eat to stay healthy on and off the field
STACK
When your name is called in key situations this coming season, you must be mentally and physically ready to execute the play successfully. Coaches and teammates will be counting on you. You don't want to be sidelined by a seasonal cold or flu. To help keep your immune system in top shape, keep the following foods handy during the new school year to help prevent illnesses — and if you do get sick, to recover from symptoms more quickly.
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