June 2017
Less Time to Shoot!

The shot clock has been a part of college and professional basketball for decades. It is now becoming more common at the high school level.  Wisconsin is the latest state to join the trend as the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has voted to implement a 35-second shot clock for boys basketball beginning with the 2019-2020 season.




June 2017
Umps Have Had It!

Rob Brown couldn’t believe his ears as he stood behind home plate. Brown, the chief umpire for Little League for the majority of the Treasure Valley of Idaho, had just called a third strike on a young batter. The boy turned to Brown and gave his two cents.

“What, are we golfing here?”

A lesser man might have been angry. Brown took the high road and smiled.

“This kid is 11 years old,” Brown said.

The days of silence and compliance are over. Talking back is back. And officials have had enough.

Referee and umpire numbers are declining across the country. Only two of every 10 continues officiating into their third year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. And the trend is not isolated to urban areas of the country.




June 2017
"Coach of the Year" Quits Over Parental Interference

Clayton Castor was the boys basketball coach at Gladstone High School in Michigan, and last season he was named the U.P. Class ABC Coach of the Year.  In April, he submitted his resignation, citing a number of reasons - mainly parents - for his decision.

 

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