February 2013
Taxing the Gate at HS Events

While proposing to lower the state sales tax in Ohio on one hand, the other hand of Governor  John Kasich  is extending the tax to previously exempted items, including admission to sporting events, including high school activities.  The prospect of having to collect sales tax on gate receipts certainly is not warmly received by Ohio athletic directors



February 2013
Olympic Wrestling Decision Panned

 "The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is extremely disappointed in the International Olympic Committee's recommendation to drop the sport of wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games." says NFHS Executive Director Bob Gardner.

"Wrestling has been a core sport at the high school, college and Olympic levels for more than 100 years. More than 272,000 boys are involved in high school wrestling programs and it is the sixth-most popular sport. Recently, the interest by girls in the sports has accelerated and now more than 8,200 girls are wrestling across the country.

Wrestling was one of the original sports in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and more than 200 nations compete in the sport. In certain areas of our nation, one of the hardest tickets to find is to the state high school wrestling tournament. While the sport is healthy and vibrant at the American high school level, it should also remain a part of the world's most treasured sporting event - the Olympic Games."


February 2013
Safety Summit Calls for More HS Sports Precautions

The Youth Sports Safety Alliance, composed of more than 100 organizations committed to keeping young athletes safe, launched the first-ever "National Action Plan for Sports Safety" to ensure comprehensive action to protect America's student-athletes. The Plan was finalized by those in attendance at the fourth annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 5, which was convened by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

"Our prior Summits provided the foundation for this National Action Plan--the critical next step that will help keep young athletes on the field and off the sidelines with chronic, catastrophic, or fatal conditions," said NATA President Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES. "These conditions can be largely prevented, managed, and treated if the right protocols are in place and properly trained medical personnel, including athletic trainers, are available to provide immediate care. Only 42 percent of U.S. secondary schools have access to athletic trainers."

A Secondary School Student-Athletes' Bill of Rights was also formally released and reinforces the important rights of young athletes when participating in a secondary school sports program. It outlines essential elements that should be recognized by the athletes themselves, along with their parents, school and sports officials, and policymakers at all levels, www.youthsportssafetyalliance.org/docs/Athletes-Bill-of-Rights.pdf.

Additional details of the Summit can be found in this article from Training and Conditioning magazine.


February 2013
More Rule Changes for HS Football

In an effort to continue minimizing the risk of injury in high school football, three additional rules will take effect next season to address helmets coming off players' heads during games.

These three risk-minimization additions were among 10 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 18-20 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

As a follow-up to last year's rules change that requires players to sit out one play if their helmet comes off while the ball is live, the committee approved three additional rules that are extensions of last year's change.


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