Amateur Athletic Union Launches Policy Review Following ESPN Inquiry

The Amateur Athletic Union announced is reviewing its practices and procedures, "especially those that relate to our youth," in the wake of an ESPN inquiry about an AAU coach with an allegedly sordid past.


Baseball Hall of Famer Warns Parents About Dangers of Year-Round Pitching

During his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, legendary Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz offered a warning to parents and youth-athletes about the dangers of year-round pitching.


HBO Segment Puts Youth-Soccer Headers Under the Microscope

A recent episode of HBO's Real Sports featured two former U.S. women's national team stars, Cindy Parlow Cone and Brandi Chastain, speaking about their campaign to remove headers from youth soccer.


HBO Examines Consequences of 'Trophy Culture' in Youth Sports

On Tuesday, HBO's Real Sports featured a segment on the potential ramifications of the "trophy culture" in youth sports, in which youth-athletes receive trophies for participation rather than athletic success.


Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Espouses Value of Early Education

In an op-ed for Roll Call, Coach K used a basketball analogy to describe how a lack of access to quality early-childhood programs can set young children back by years.


Houston Texans Star Warns Youth-Athletes About Social-Media Presence

J.J. Watt warned student-athletes to be extremely wary of what they post on their social-media accounts, given how quickly a poorly conceived post can spiral out of control.


Arkansas Football Coach Monitors Recruits' Social Media for Red Flags

During Wednesday's SEC media days, University of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema told reporters that he monitors recruits' social-media accounts as part of the recruiting process.


Tweaks to Practice Rules for H.S. Football Look to Reduce Concussions in Ohio

The Ohio High School Athletic Association adopted policy changes Monday that limit the amount of full-contact practice allowed for football players in an attempt to reduce the risk of concussions.


As Confederate Flag Debate Rages, Schools Weigh Mascot, Name Changes

A number of schools with Confederate-themed mascots or names are weighing changes in the wake of a church shooting that left nine dead in Charleston, S.C.


Player-to-Player Contact Found to Cause Most Concussions in H.S. Soccer

Banning headers in high school soccer may not be the most effective way to limit concussions among players, suggests a new study, as athlete-to-athlete contact was at fault far more often.


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