August 2013
High School Sports Participation Up Again

Participation in high school sports increased for the 24th consecutive year in 2012-13 and passed the 7.7 million mark for the first time, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Based on figures from the 51 NFHS-member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia,  sports  participation for the 2012-13 school year reached an all-time high of 7,713,577 participants - an increase of 21,057 from the previous year.

"While we recognize that many schools are experiencing challenges with funding high school sports programs, we are encouraged that schools are responding to the challenges and that more and more students are involved in high school sports," said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. "Playing sports within the school setting continues to be the desire of more than 55 percent of students enrolled in our nation's high schools."

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August 2013
New Turf Takes Temp Down 30 Degrees

While artificial playing surfaces have been touted for a number of benefits,  reducing field temperature has never been one of them - until now.  A new CoolPlay technology is being implemented by Field Turf in some new installations, including a high school field in blazing hot Texas


August 2013
Just Say No to Helmet Add-ons

Helmet safety has been a huge focus in recent years as the nature and severity of head injuries in sports has come to the national forefront.  One fix being touted to meet newer standards of helmet protection has been to upgrade older helmets with after-market add-ons rather than costly helmet replacements.  That option is not recommended according to the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).


August 2013
HS Athletes Required to Sign Social Media Contract

In an effort to curb cyberbullying, the Lodi Unified School District in Stockton, Calif., is requiring its high school students to sign a social media contract before they can participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities.

"The contract states 'profanities or inappropriate language or remarks directed towards teammates, coaches, [and] other students' will have consequences. ... The first offense will get a student benched or suspended from a game or meeting," Sacramento television station Fox40 reported Monday. "The second could mean they are removed from the team or activity for the season." Read more here.


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