NATION&RSQUO;S TOP WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PROSPECT, ASIA DURR, COMMITS TO LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
After narrowing her list down to five teams, the nation's top prospect announced that she will be headed to Louisville in 2015.
Louisville received a huge commitment today with the verbal pledge of the nation's top prospect, Asia Durr.
Durr, the dynamic do-everything guard out of Atlanta, committed Tuesday afternoon.
"In Asia, Louisville is getting a tireless worker both on the court and in the classroom," said St. Pius X coach Kyle Snipes. "and#40;She'sand#41; a student-athlete with an acute attention to detail relative to her approach to practice and games and as a humble a person as I have had the opportunity to coach."
Her verbal pledge adds to an already top tier class with commitments from Taja Cole and Brianna Jones -- both top-15 recruits. Durr, the most sought out guard in the country, gives Jeff Walz another dynamic playmaker at the guard position. Her other finalists wereandnbsp;Maryland, Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame.
More: Why Louisville makes sense for Durr
And while [Read More
published September 9, 2014 at 3:26pm EDT
TITLE IX, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HIGH SCHOOLS
While the stories we have heard from college students across the country about sexual assault and sexually hostile climates on their campuses are shocking, these stories are not--unfortunately--limited to college environments.We have recently heard about a case in Seattle where a rape occurred during an overnight field trip. The girl reported the rape right away and went to the hospital where a rape kit was performed and an advocate confirmed that the victim did exhibit the signs of someone who had been sexually assaulted.Evidence, however, was not compelling enough to pursue a criminal case against the perpetrator who admitted that the girl had said no to anal penetration and that he had not thought much about her during the act. But despite the pleas of the parents of the victim--who was never able to return to school and was admitted to a facility for treatment for PTSD--the school did not investigate the incident. When the school did undertake an investigation--6 months later--they [Read More
published August 29, 2014 at 8:34pm EDT
NEW BOOK FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES: BENEATH THE COLLEGE JERSEY BY MARTEN VANDERVELDE
Listen to an interview between Erica Quam and#40;founder of The Inner Circle for Women Who Coachand#41; and Marten Vandervelde - author of the book, Beneath the College Jersey: An Athlete's Guide to Healthier Nutrition, Habits, andamp; Recovery.
In this interview, Erica talks with Marten about his book. andnbsp;He explains how "the college experience" is part of a bigger stereotype that needs a real culture shift for athletes to be healthier and perform better.
Find out what he was seeing as a strength and conditioning coach that led him to write this book.
Hear why the X's and O's in college athletics isn't enough
Hear what recommends athletes eat post workout.
Find out why a food journal can change habits and specifically what makes Marten's food journal unique
Hear some specific concerns for athletes in relation to alcohol and how coaches can use a differentandnbsp;
To access the interview, join the Inner Circle for Women Who Coach TODAY!
published August 29, 2014 at 7:35pm EDT
HOW DO YOU BUILD TRUST ON YOUR TEAM? BY ERICA QUAM @COACHQUAM
FEATURED ARTICLEandnbsp;by Erica Quam
How do you build trust on your team?andnbsp;
TRUSTBuilding trust is theandnbsp;
foundation for the success of your team this year. This is where it starts. andnbsp;
CONFLICTIf you don't have trust, you can't have healthy conflict. andnbsp;You'll just have people that avoid conflict, hold things in, and not be truly authentic. andnbsp;Usually, things blow up at the most in-opportune times!COMMITMENTIf you can't have that healthy conflict, where people get a chance to share their true opinions with one another, you can't get people to commit or buy-in to the decisions that are being made as a team.ACCOUNTABILITYIf you can't get commitment from the team, you certainly won't get people to hold one another accountable.RESULTSIf you don't get people holding one another accountable, you simply won't get the results that you want this year.It all begins with trust.andnbsp;andnbsp;Here are a few things to try.1. andnbsp;Be vulnerable as a leader. andnbsp;Share a bit of you [Read More
published August 29, 2014 at 7:23pm EDT
HOKA ONE ONE REVIVES THE 2-MILE NATIONAL POSTAL COMPETITION
The Race Is Back On.
The revival of the Postal 2-Mile is a revival of the spirit of high school distance running, the revival of finding a true national champion and most importantly the revival of a team together. We are proud to reintroduce the running world to the Hoka One One National High School 2-Mile Postal Competition.andnbsp;
At its most basic level it is simply five runners, 2-Miles, and one team. All across the nation cross-country teams will host and participate in numerous early season, mid-season and late season 2-mile events on the track. Teams will form clubs from within there school, put seven runners on the line, race 2-miles together or against local teams or in a time-trial setting, then the top five runner's times will be cumulated and then "Posted" online by the coach. Back in the day, teams snail mailed them into Track and Field News before the top times were printed in the magazine. The revival will utilize a complicated, yet cutting edge method called [Read More
published August 15, 2014 at 9:45am EDT
GET READY FOR JULY COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING
It's almost that time again.....time for club ball teams to start balling like mad, and for college coaches to watch 10 hours of games per day while managing to stay awake and take good notes.The schedule:July 6-12, evaluation periodJuly 13-22, dead periodJuly 23-29, evaluation periodJuly 30-31, dead periodStay tuned for tournament scheduling and news as it becomes available.
published July 1, 2014 at 8:13pm EDT
SAUCONY LAUNCHES THE 500 MILE CHALLENGE HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING PROGRAM
XC Championsandnbsp;Areandnbsp;Made In the Off-Seasonandminus;Now With Extra Help From An Innovative Digital Training Initiative That Encourages High School Runners To andldquo;Find Their Strongandrdquo; Through Summer Training
LEXINGTON, MA and#40;June 12, 2014and#41; andndash;andnbsp;Saucony, committed to inspiring the human spirit through running, knows that a strong cross country team is built in the off-season. To ensure that scholastic runners are better prepared for the in-season,andnbsp;Saucony, in collaboration withandnbsp;DailyMile, Inc.andnbsp;andandnbsp;RunBlogRun, today announces the launch of theandnbsp;Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.comandnbsp;high school cross country training program.
A new, innovative, digital training initiative, the Saucony 500 Mileandnbsp;Challenge.comandnbsp;leverages a smartphone-optional website to allow high school athletes and their coaches to track their all-important summer base mileage online as they prepare for the start of the fall cross country season. [Read More
published June 13, 2014 at 10:33am EDT
FLY GIRLS PROGRAM AIMS TO ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP RISING STARS IN SKI JUMPING
PARK CITY, Utah andmdash; Womenandrsquo;s Ski Jumping USA has announced an innovative athlete development initiative and program to recruit and retain young female jumpers nationwide into the sport.
Fly Girls andmdash; as itandrsquo;s named andmdash; is a junior team program that feeds athletes into a sustainable pipeline from which the highest-caliber ski jumpers will one day be selected to join the National and Olympic teams. Fly Girls launched today on wsjusa.com and the program kicks-off this summer with a five-week intensive training camp for rising stars in ski jumping ages 12-16.
andldquo;Weandrsquo;re so excited to build on the enthusiasm and opportunity from womenandrsquo;s ski jumping making its debut in the Olympic Winter Games,andrdquo; said Deedee Corradini, WSJ-USA president. andldquo;Fly Girls is the next big step for this important movement.andrdquo;
Alan Alborn, head coach and athletic program manager for WSJ-USA, is leading the Fly Girls program, which has a specific set of objectives [Read More
published June 2, 2014 at 6:56pm EDT
ADVICE FOR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ON THE COLLEGE SELECTION PROCESS FROM OLYMPIAN LASHINDA DEMUS
I started receiving letters from colleges my freshman year in high school. There was even one coach that called me early out of excitement, and then out of honesty turned themselves in. Once my junior year came around and it became legal to call me, the calls were pretty steady. I took three andldquo;official visitandrdquo; trips and didnandrsquo;t want to take anymore. By then, I was tired of it all! Current or past high school athletes reading this, you may know exactly how I felt!! It can be overwhelming, and itandrsquo;s a process that is very much focused on the athletic side of your college choice, not the academic side.
My mom was by my side through the whole process and gave her opinion, but at the end of the day, I made my college decision 100% on my own. I chose the University of South Carolina. It turned out great and#40;go, Gamecocks!!and#41;, but I feel like I was just lucky. Youandrsquo;re still a kid at 18. You really have no idea what youandrsquo;re looking for, and youandrsquo;re s [Read More
published April 28, 2014 at 11:11am EDT