November 14, 2018 XXX, No. 06

Jim Roedel



For high school student-athletes looking to compete in college, understanding NCAA academic requirements for initial eligibility is vital. But staying on track with core classes and determining how your GPA relates to ACT/SAT scores can be confusing.

Like many NCAA Division III schools with modest budgets, Manhattanville College needed more athletic facility space—especially practice areas for its outdoor teams during inclement weather. That problem has now been solved without spending a dime, thanks to a partnership with the New York Soccer Club (NYSC), a local youth and amateur soccer organization.

On fall Friday nights at John S. Battle High School in Bristol, Va., you’ll find a handful of students in the stands cheering for more than just the football team. They are also proudly applauding the field they help maintain as part of their class work.

Spring season college teams all aspire to be playing in the postseason, but there is one consequence for those teams that make it —their seniors may miss commencement. When that situation arose for the Swarthmore College baseball squad last May, Director of Athletics Adam Hertz was not content with substituting a typical makeshift ceremony.


As Athletic Director at Framingham (Mass.) High School, one of Paul Spear’s ultimate goals is to develop a sports environment that welcomes all students with open arms. That was the driving force behind his school district’s new Inclusive Sports Participation Policy, which supports transgender athletes.

There are lots of fun things to do in a hammock. You can read, relax, nap, or just hang out with friends. At Elon University, students and community members can now tack “watch a baseball game” onto that list.

Top-Notch Communication Skills. Detail-oriented with paperwork. Expertise in all aspects of athletic facilities. The talents needed to be a successful high school athletic director include a smorgasbord of unrelated items. Does it make more sense to carve up the job?

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has become the first state high school association to require that football coaches be certified in teaching tackling. Every head and assistant high school and junior high school coach in Texas must obtain their certification by August 2019.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May that opened the door to legal sports gambling in all states has ushered in a host of big-picture questions. Will student-athletes be more likely to bet on sports? Could point-shaving become more prevalent? Is it best to make injury reports public? Should schools get a cut of the action?


Preventing sexual misconduct in athletics is not a new concept, but it needs new strategies. Solutions include training that focuses on less extreme behaviors and tapping into what is relevant to today’s young people.



By Aaron Boe


As a way to fund facilities and better utilize space, this high school sells gym memberships and rents its courts to local youth organizations.


By Keith Cornell


A veteran athletic director outlines what has helped her earn the respect and loyalty of her staff.


By Pennie Parker


The best health care often comes from a collaborative approach. Here’s a look at how schools are working with nearby medical providers to improve sports medicine coverage in their programs.


Changes in college athletics are happening rapidly, and keeping up means having talented employees in the right seats. In this three-part article, staff members in new roles explain their positions—and how they are helping their schools get ahead.

Looking to boost promotional efforts across the board, Harvard University turned to those who know their sports best, asking student-athletes to become CMOs of their teams.

By Susan Byrne