June 1, 2014 Volume XXVI, No. 04

The NFHS rule prohibiting excessive contact in high school basketball has been expanded to include all ball-handlers on the court, include post players.

April 13, 2015 (Burnsville, MN) - Dr. Dish Basketball announced today the unveiling of their new series of shooting machines and mobile app, which will enable coaches and players to instantly upload and analyze their shooting reps. This is the first app of its kind for the basketball shooting machine industry.

A new initiative called 360 Proof is hoping to reduce alcohol abuse among student-athletes at NCAA Division III schools. Gustavus Adolphus College was involved in the pilot program.
By Kari Eckheart

From offering yoga to using technology, there are many novel ideas emerging for improving physical education curriculums. The key is to remember the big-picture goal.
By Elaine Lindsay

As times change and athletic departments react, they are creating new staff positions. In this three-part article, administrators tackling unfamiliar roles provide a tour of their areas of operation.

This article was published in the April/May 2014 issue of Athletic Management.

Social Media Master

By Andy McNamara

Four years ago, the athletic program at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Fla., was struggling in just about every way. Today it is thriving, thanks to the creativity, resourcefulness, and spirit of its athletic director.
By Dr. Janet Rasmussen

How do you keep spectators engaged--and eager to return--in an expanding entertainment market? Solutions range from better guest services to more in-game activities.
By Dennis Read

Dennis Read is an Associate Editor at Athletic Management. He can be reached at:
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Before they take the field each fall, student-athletes at Millburn (N.J.) High School come together to hear some words of wisdom.
By Dr. Ted D'Alessio

Community outreach can seem elusive for a school in a metropolitan area. One athletic director explains how to navigate the obstacles.
By China Jude

Bridgman (Mich.) High School
With only 350 students, Bridgman High School competes in Michigan's second smallest classification. But when it comes to supporting its teams, the school can go head to head with others of any size.

Bouncy castles, face painting booths, and dunk tanks are what you would expect to see at a carnival. But they can also be found at Krum (Texas) High School the night before the first official football practice of the season. Since 2009, the school has been hosting "Midnight Madness," which includes a community party followed by the Bobcats's practice when the clock strikes 12.

The rivalry between Hope College and Calvin College dates back more than 90 years and has been a positive element for just about every sport at both schools. But recently, the head volleyball coaches at the two colleges had grown concerned that their players were taking it too far. The solution? A preseason scavenger hunt modeled after the CBS television show, "The Amazing Race."

Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has been examining Title IX compliance at large school districts across the country. A review of Indianapolis Public Schools was recently completed, and the district reached an agreement with the DOE on Feb. 3 to address violations uncovered.

Most Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) provide community service by helping with food and clothing drives, engaging with children, or partnering with service agencies. But at Lynn University, the student-athletes march to a different drummer--one that plays rock 'n' roll music.

Willamette University Head Football Coach Glen Fowles has always had an open-door policy with his players, so it didn't surprise him when freshman kicker Conner Mertens requested to talk privately on Jan. 20. However, while most student-athletes Fowles meets with want to discuss classes or financial aid, Mertens used the time to inform his coach that he is bisexual.

Over the past seven seasons, the LaFayette (N.Y.) High School football team has gone 18-39, reaching .500 just once. A small school that co-ops with another, it struggles
to get students on the squad and fans in the stands.

When the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) passed a bylaw last summer aimed at curbing the use of biased language during athletic contests, administrators everywhere took notice. With a year of games now played under the new rule, has it been successful?