First Female FB Scholarship a Sign of the Times?
There have been perhaps a dozen women who have played college football, but none of them who played for NCAA-affiliated programs were on scholarship. That changed last week when Becca Longo became the first female to earn a scholarship in an NCAA Division I or II football program. The Arizona high school kicker has signed a letter of intent with Division II Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.
Football has taken some hits in popularity and participation in recent years, due mostly to concussion concerns. The popularity of the sport among women, however, has been on a strong rising trend and that includes participation. The number of women participating in the sport has increased over 150% in the past 17 years.
To learn more about the growing popularity of football among women, view this infographic produced by Ohio University.
Getting Non-Athletes Out for Sports
High participation numbers are always a goal that high schools have when it comes to their extra-curricular programs. In some cases that may require getting non-athletes engaged enough to turn out for an athletic experience. The value of a strong support from the school's general student body is credited with encouraging more students getting involved in sports. How do you get that involvement?
Women Celebrate “When I Play”
March is Women's History Month and March 8 is International Women's Day. ESPNw has put together a short film that directly and unapologetically celebrates women who see their athleticism as a way to find themselves and embrace their power. "When I Play"
New Rule May Allow Arizona HS Coaches to Fight Back
The Arizona Interscholastic Association which governs high school sports in the state of Arizona, has voted to permit the state’s high school coaches to operate unlimited year-round practices.
That may mean that high school coaches can now fight back when for-profit AAU clubs poach elite players in attempt to turn them into off-campus, one-sport specialists.
Legislature Forcing Changes to Utah HS Athletics
Utah’s legislature is moving a bill that would take some power away from the state’s athletic association and create more transparency from the organization.
The bill (HB 413) passed through the House Education committee on Wednesday, despite objections from the Utah High School Athletic Association (UHSAA). The bill would force the UHSAA to adhere to the state’s open meetings and records laws, and it would also establish a new panel responsible for hearing appeals from the organization’s 149 member schools. UHSAA officials have called the proposal an “overreach,” according to the Deseret News.
Intense Workouts Hospitalize Athletes
Intense workouts at the University of Oregon has landed three Duck football players in the hospital and netted their strength and conditioning coach a suspension.
Texas Sized Concussion Study Underway
Texas is tackling the issue of youth concussions head on.
The University Interscholastic League, Texas' governing body for public high school sports, announced that it is immediately beginning a study from which they hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes.
The Texas program will track about two-dozen sports, from football to girls' soccer, recording what caused an injury, recovery time and other data. The effort is a partnership with the O'Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center for the project.