September 2016
No Officials, No Games?

Imagine "Friday Night Lights" ... only with fewer lights. That is not a hypothetical. This is happening in New Mexico, even as we speak. Many states are experiencing a shortage of officials in all high school sports.

Changes to the scheduling landscape are already a reality, and the problem will become more expansive if New Mexico can't find a way to replenish its ever-shrinking pool of high school football officials according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.

"We're in crisis mode," said Dana Pappas, the New Mexico Activities Association's longtime commissioner of officials. "It's kind of a perfect, terrible storm."


September 2016
To Play or Not to Play

A number of high school sporting events have been forfeited lately, citing safety and religious beliefs as the reasons.

In a span of three days, two schools from the Cascade Conference in Washington chose to forfeit their games against Archbishop Murphy High School, both citing concerns about player safety. 

A high school boys soccer team in Arizona forfeited its game last week against a team that includes two girls.  Faith Christian School in Mesa, Ariz., forfeited its game on Friday against Scottsdale’s Foothills Academy College Prep, a boys soccer team that includes sisters Alyssa and Colette Hocking, the Arizona Republic reported. Faith Christian cited religious beliefs in its decision.

September 2016
Mandatory HS Weight Training?

Should high school athletes be forced to fit weight training classes into their academic schedules?

That's the question facing El Diamante High School in California. A mandatory weight training policy for student-athletes has some parents flustered over the strain it places on the relationship between athletics and academics.



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