Prep football hits airwaves

Tuesday , September 04, 2012 - 12:03 AM

Standard-Examiner Staff

KJZZ TV is partnering with The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital for live coverage of 10 Utah high school football games.

The coverage began last Thursday with the Cottonwood at Davis contest.

Regular season games will run through Oct. 18 — the Sky View at Box Elder game on Sept. 20 is the only contest involving Top of Utah schools — followed by playoff games and the state 3-A, 4-A and 5-A championships.

Also, ESPNU will broadcast Cottonwood High’s game with Skyline, Wash., on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

NFHS safe coaching course now available for free

In an effort to provide information on hazing, bullying and inappropriate relationships to more high school coaches, school administrators and the general public, the National Federation of State High School Associations is now offering its online course “Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment” for free on the NFHS Coach Education Web site at www.nfhslearn.com.

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment, which has been available for $20 since February 2012, provides education for coaches on the critically important topics of inappropriate relationships, hazing, bullying and cyber-bullying, and the appropriate use of technology when interacting with players and the public.

The course provides examples of court cases involving these issues and suggests appropriate actions that coaches should take when these types of issues arise.

Tim Flannery, NFHS director of coach education, said with the issues surrounding the situation at Penn State University, the NFHS made a decision to drop the fee for this course in the hope that many more coaches and school administrators become educated on these important topics that negatively affect young people.

“This course is about getting the coach’s attention and saying ‘You will be held responsible for inappropriate actions and for not taking appropriate steps when these situations occur,’” Flannery said. “Many individuals who accept a coaching job are ignorant of the laws and policies by which they are required to abide. This course will assist athletic programs by providing standardized training for coaches, which will result in a permanent record that can be accessed and verified by the school.”

Since its launch in 2007, the NFHS Coach Education Program has expanded to 29 courses, five of which are available for free. Other important courses available at no cost are “A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention,” “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know,” “Sportsmanship” and “The Role of the Parent in Sports.”

There are also 13 sport-specific courses and nine elective courses available. All NFHS Coach Education courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.

UHSAA gives back to member schools

The UHSAA recently reduced annual school dues by 50 percent, effective immediatley.

As a result of back to back successful years in state tournament revenue and the additional success of the UHSAA staff securing corporate sponsorship money, the UHSAA executive commitee and board of trustees approved the recomendation by executive director Rob Cuff, to reduce the annual school dues from $500 to $250.

Schools schould submit thier dues and fees to Jeanne Widerburg at the UHSAA office by the deadline of Oct. 1.

To contribute to Prep Insider notes, call 801-625-4261 or 801-625-4264 or send information to prepsports@standard.net.

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