Introducing Schooled in Sports, Your New One-Stop Shop for K-12 Sports News

By Bryan Toporek — January 19, 2011 1 min read
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Welcome, EdWeek readers, to our newest blog, Schooled in Sports. In the coming months, I’ll be walking you through the inner-workings of K-12 sports, ranging from news about schools, districts, and states to federal policy and NCAA regulations.

What you won’t find here: The box scores of your son or daughter’s most recent athletic endeavor. (Try your local community paper for that.) There also won’t be all that much coverage of college recruiting, at least in the traditional sense of tracking down where every sport’s top recruits will be attending college. and is where you’ll want to go for that kind of news.

Instead, we’ll be taking a deeper look at the policy behind K-12 sports—how school sports have changed and evolved over the years, and what you should be expecting moving forward.

Curious if your state will be adopting a pay-to-play system for athletics any time soon? Are you searching for the latest news on what states are doing to prevent injuries to K-12 athletes, particularly head trauma and concussions? What about drug/steroid test for student-athletes? Or so-called “diploma mills”? Title IX fans can rejoice, too—there’s sure to be plenty of coverage here of both men’s and women’s sports over the coming month. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

So, from all of us here at EdWeek, we hope you enjoy as we dip our feet into the reported $5 billion+ empire of youth sports. And if there’s anything you’d like to see us covering, let us know down in the comments section, or send an e-mail to

Stay tuned later this week for some reaction to the NCAA’s recent decision to not ban college coaches from recruiting middle-school players.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.