The start of the school season brings the start of the fall and winter sports. Many of us equate fall sports, especially, with one word: football. While this is a natural and correct assumption, there are other fall and winters sports that people are just as excited about like: soccer, volleyball, wrestling and, of course, basketball. You can find fans split between all sports in upcoming months – cheering and lamenting on the sidelines for their teams and players. While fans are enjoying the games, they may notice some changes in the way high school games are played this season:
According to www.usafootball.com, The National Federation of State High School Associations announced there are some rule changes for the 2018 high school football season throughout the United States:
Per www.greenvilleonline.com, these were some of the NFHS changes for soccer:
On www.nfhs.org, here are some of the 2018-2019 volleyball changes:
On www.nfhs.org, here are some of the basketball changes for the year:
On www.nfhs.org, here are some of the 2018-2019 wrestling changes:
All of these changes (and more) have become effective with the start of the school season. One of the main things to consider when attending the games and events this year, is the fact our students are remaining active. This is a huge win as more of our youth are now considered obese.
PHIT America recently quoted findings of inactivity in a recent opinion article. The article, written in conjunction with the U.S. Army, speaks to the obesity of children and their ability to be ineligible for military service based on being overweight (“OP-ED: U.S. ARMY & PHIT AMERICA RESPOND TO OBESITY NEWS National Defense Is At Risk If Physical Inactivity Is Not Reversed”). While addressing the military issue in the article, the organizations also cited some alarming statistics from other health organizations.
The PHIT America article states, “In a recent study of global fitness, conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, U.S. kids ranked 47th out of 50 countries in global fitness. This is not surprising because in a separate study by the Physical Activity Council, the percentage of U.S. children who are physically active just three times a week in fitness-related activities has dropped from nearly 29 percent to 24.8 percent in the last year. Suffice it to say, American children are increasingly more physically inactive.”
With those startling numbers, we should definitely take an active role in the health of our students and look to find ways to keep them healthy and active in the coming year.
Arkansas State University
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