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“Hit By Pitch” Procedure Revised in High School Softball

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 23, 2012) — Batters in high school softball no longer will have to make an attempt to avoid being hit by a pitch in order to be awarded first base. This revision to Rule 8-1-2 was one of four rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 11-13 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. A batter will be awarded first base if “a pitched ball is entirely within the batter’s box and it strikes the batter or her clothing. No attempt to avoid being hit by the pitch is required; however, the batter may not obviously try…

Marines Junior Ranks Sports Camp in New Orleans

  Marine Corps Hosts Semper Fidelis All-American Football Camp in New Orleans Diamond Flight Camp focuses on quality character, physical fitness, and academic excellence NEW ORLEANS, La. (July 31, 2012) – The United States Marine Corps (USMC) will host a two-day Diamond Flight Camp at Behrman Stadium, New Orleans, La., as part of its Semper Fidelis Football Program. Some of the most talented high school and junior high school football players in the state will develop skills not just important to football, but throughout life, such as leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork. Some of the camp’s most exemplary student athletes may be selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl this winter. “The Diamond Flight Camp will engage promising young…

LHSAA Renews Partnership with ExxonMobil & Announces New Partnership with ISC

BATON ROUGE, LA (July 2, 2012) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced today that it has renewed its partnership with ExxonMobil, who will again be recognized as the title sponsor for the LHSAA’s All-Academic Scholar Athlete Program. In addition, ISC has partnered with the LHSAA to become the presenting sponsor of the All-Academic Scholar Athlete Program. The LHSAA ExxonMobil All-Academic Scholar Athlete Program recognizes student-athletes that are the composite recipients in all 27 sports. These are graduating seniors who have maintained perfect 4.0 or above grade point averages (GPAs) for their entire high school careers. Students who receive all-academic scholar honors receive framed certificates at their respective sports’ state championships. This year (2012) marks the third year…

NFHS Launches World Book’s Learning Pro on NFHSLearn.com

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 5, 2012) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has launched new online courses to help high school students improve study skills. Learning Pro: Simple Ways to Improve Study Habits and Promote Learning, a new suite of online courses designed specifically for students, is now available on the NFHS Coach Education Program Web site at www.nfhslearn.com. The Learning Pro program, developed by World Book, Inc., delivers practical advice on improving study skills and grades through four courses: Homework Helper, Reading and Learning Strategies, Research Skills and Testing Tips. Learning Pro is led by an on-camera host while peer correspondents file reports from the field for an entertaining spin on study skills. Interactive exercises allow…

High School Basketball Continues Without Shot Clock

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 8, 2012) — Participation and fan interest in high school basketball remain strong throughout the nation, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee voted to retain one aspect of the sport that makes it unique from other levels of play. At its April 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis, the committee considered a proposal to add a shot clock to the high school rules but agreed that the sport played by about o one million boys and girls in approximately 18,000 high schools is functioning well without it. Although a shot clock has been employed at the college level for many years, results of the questionnaire that is sent to coaches, officials and…

Breaststroke Rule Clarified in High School Swimming

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 18, 2012) — New language was added to the breaststroke event in high school swimming that will help officials judge the initiation of the arm stroke permitted by rule on the start or turn. The revised rule will state that “the initiation of such arm stroke shall be accomplished by a discernible horizontal separation of the hands.” This clarification of the breaststroke event was one of five rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 25-27 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. “By stating that there must be a discernible horizontal separation of the hands,…

NFHS Coach Education Program Surpasses 500,000 Users

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 9, 2012) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has reached a milestone with its online Coach Education Program as more than 500,000 individuals have now registered on the site at www.nfhslearn.com. Amazingly, this feat occurred in slightly more than five years since the start of the program. The 500,000th user was officially recorded on February 28. The NFHS Coach Education Program Web site was launched on January 3, 2007 with The Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches. Since then, the program has added 24 more courses on a variety of topics. Tim Flannery, CMAA, NFHS Director of Coach Education, said the 500,000 mark is important because it signals that a majority…

NFHS Coach Education Program Adds Strength and Conditioning Course

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 2, 2012) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added a new course to its Coach Education program. Strength and Conditioning is now available on the NFHS Coach Education Web site at http://www.nfhslearn.com. The course was developed by the NFHS in conjunction with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Strength and Conditioning is designed to educate coaches on how to properly train their athletes without adding a greater risk of injury. It will also help to educate coaches on how to get the most out of their athletes’ workouts. Tim Flannery, CMAA, NFHS Director of Coach Education, said that the course will help coaches understand what to expect from their athletes. “This course…

USA Coaching Coalition Members Team Up for 2012 National Coaching Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 28, 2012) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), along with other members of the USA Coaching Coalition, will host the 2012 National Coaching Conference June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Other members of the USA Coaching Coalition involved in this year’s conference are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). This year’s theme is Sports – Take Part, Get Set for Life, with the conference looking to “educate, collaborate and influence” by bringing coaches, coach educators, organizations and sport scientists together to share research and new ideas. “We are bringing together people who…

“Soft Red” Eliminated in High School Soccer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 13, 2012) — In a continued emphasis on improving sportsmanship, the “soft red” has been eliminated in high school soccer. Effective with the 2012-13 season, a second yellow card not only will disqualify a player, but the team will not be permitted to substitute for the disqualified player. Previously, a team was permitted to replace a player who had received a second yellow card. This significant change was one of three rules revisions passed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. Another change in Rule 12-8-1f now will disqualify a player who deliberately…

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