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As 2014 comes to a close, NHSCA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NHSCA eNewsletter a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.

California prep coach sues parent for $1 million for libel
USA Today
From Nov. 20: The basketball coach at California's Westlake High School is suing a parent for more than $1 million for libel, according to court documents acquired by the Ventura County Star. Coach Rob Bloom says in the suit that parents James Clark has made "personal and pointed attacks" and made "malicious" and defamatory statements. Clark's son began playing for the varsity team in 2011. The lawsuit cites emails written to Bloom, school district officials and other parents.
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Can the 'Tim Tebow Bill' work?
Al.com
From March 27: A piece of legislation labeled H.B. 503 is barreling its way through the Alabama State Legislature. It is commonly referred to as "The Tim Tebow Bill" across Alabama. Tebow was the Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion at the University of Florida. The quarterback was home schooled and allowed to participate in the Florida High School Athletic Association.
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Coaches fear overbearing parents threaten the future of high school sports
WBAY-TV
From Nov. 20: Let's look once again at the evidence, based on a St. Norbert College survey of high school coaches and athletic directors around Wisconsin. Ninety percent of athletic directors and 83 percent of coaches say the "helicopter parents" — so called because they're always hovering around their child — are either a very serious moderately serious or somewhat serious problem in athletics today. And some worry they may be chasing coaches away from sports.
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Prep football mercy rule has its share of detractors
ThisWeek Community News
From Sept. 25: There were several rules changes implemented by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for football this season, with the most notable being the addition of a mercy rule. As with most changes, there were good intentions behind the addition of a mercy rule. The rule — which, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, can be adopted by each state and is being implemented this season by more than 35 states — would reduce the risk of injury.
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Intimidating high school coaches pushed to tone it down
News & Observer
From June 5: High school coaches have had leeway in the past and were regarded as athletic drill sergeants who could cajole, intimidate and motivate students to work harder and perform better. Tough, loud and often intimidating behavior by coaches toward players has long been tolerated at all levels of sports, but high school athletic officials say it is time to end the culture of physical confrontation, verbal derision and profanity.
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High school football player catches his own 40-yard pass
NY Daily News
From May 22: A Texas high school football player has become the latest Web sensation after he was filmed catching his own spectacular "Hail Mary" pass. Gary Haynes was caught on camera lobbing the ball high up into the air, sprinting underneath its path before catching it an incredible 40 yards away.
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Why your child has fun in sports — and you don't
USA Football
From Feb. 6: You remember your child's first game? His first touchdown or tackle? Remember how cute he looked in his little pads or in his flag football uniform? Or how serious he looked as he headed toward the huddle? It was all so fun at first, wasn't it?
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Can high school athletes succeed after playing multiple sports?
Los Angeles Times
From Nov. 27: When Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed the richest contract in North American sports history, it was irrefutable evidence validating the idea that teenagers who play multiple sports in high school can still fulfill their sports destiny at the highest level. During his senior year at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Stanton was All-CIF in football after catching 11 touchdown passes. He was All-CIF in basketball after averaging 19.7 points and 13.5 rebounds. And he was All-CIF in baseball after batting .393 with 12 home runs.
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Tennessee basketball coach trades bench for Bible
USA Today
From Nov. 7: At this time last year, James "Doc" Shelton had no idea what he would do for the rest of his life. He knew only what he wouldn't do — continue to coach basketball. Before the Tennessee high school season got underway, Shelton, 55, called a press conference to announce he would retire from M.L. King at the end of the year.
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How food affects your muscle-building hormones
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From July 31: You are how your body responds to what you eat. What you put in your mouth can have a dramatic effect on your hormones — the all-important chemicals that tell your body what to do. When it comes to building performance-fueling muscle, knowing how your body responds to carbohydrates, fats and proteins will help you get bigger, faster.
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