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Near said that parents' actions, as well as other factors,
have caused the players to shift their attitudes toward
the sport.
" They feed off of their parents, in that respect. But also,
given the digital era that we live in, kids don't interact
as much. And so their attitudes and their demeanor has
changed over the years that I've coached. "
Along with the change in mindsets of players and
parents, Near said the rules of the game have evolved in
the 12 years he has been coaching. The most recent set
of changes includes the requirement of players rotating
positions, smaller playing fields and ensuring players of
equal size match up against each other.
" With football, it's gotten a lot softer. Just because of
brain injuries, and what's all getting known about it all.
And so USA Football, who's our governing body, they've
kind of come in and implemented new rules. And even the
NFL has implemented new rules, with the banning of the
hip-drop tackle ... It is what it is. "
Outside influences can also spark change, like youth
sports athletes emulating the play and demeanor of
professional athletes.
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" The kids are glued to YouTube and whatnot. So
they're seeing all these ESPN spotlight plays and they
think they can go out and do it. "
Near makes sure to emphasize to his players that the
basics are important, reminding them they are not pros.
" So on a game film, you know kind of humbling them
and saying 'look, that's them, this is you,' you know just
kind of humbling them in a reasonable way. "
Reese Baumgartner, an assistant football coach at
Iowa Western Community College, who coaches youth
teams in his spare time, said his primary motive is
helping individual players succeed.
" The good and right coaches develop their players.
Anybody can get the best kid. Winning has to be
secondary, " Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner stressed that an athlete's determination
has to be present for any chance for improvement.
" You have to say, 'If you work with me' to a lot of
kids. Some are more dedicated than others, but I
would say a majority want to learn.
My takeaway is always that if they improve, you
succeed. "

May June 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of May June 2024

Between The Lines
A.D.ministration
CSCCa Strength Focus
2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
Facility Focus
2024 Tech Guide
Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
Product Focus
Product Marketplace
Ad Index
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May June 2024 - 2
May June 2024 - 3
May June 2024 - Between The Lines
May June 2024 - 5
May June 2024 - A.D.ministration
May June 2024 - 7
May June 2024 - 8
May June 2024 - 9
May June 2024 - CSCCa Strength Focus
May June 2024 - 11
May June 2024 - 2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
May June 2024 - 13
May June 2024 - 14
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May June 2024 - 17
May June 2024 - Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
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May June 2024 - 21
May June 2024 - Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
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May June 2024 - 24
May June 2024 - 25
May June 2024 - 26
May June 2024 - 27
May June 2024 - Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
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May June 2024 - 30
May June 2024 - On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
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May June 2024 - Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
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May June 2024 - 33
May June 2024 - Facility Focus
May June 2024 - 35
May June 2024 - 36
May June 2024 - 2024 Tech Guide
May June 2024 - Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
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May June 2024 - Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
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May June 2024 - Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
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May June 2024 - Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
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