Why can't you hurdle someone in high school football?

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Originally authored by Todd Starnes

Patriotism is under fire in Western Michigan.

The OK Conference, representing 50 schools, has announced a crackdown on fans chanting, “USA” at football games. They are also implementing strict rules on flags and political banners.

“Coaches and fans are irate,” said Bill Simonson, the host of a statewide sports radio show. “People are tired of being told what flag to fly or what political side to lean towards.”

Mr. Simonson, who hosts “The Huge Show”, was the first to break this insane story.

The athletic conference’s crackdown comes after fans from a predominantly black school took offense after fans from a predominantly white school displayed a Betsy Ross flag and a “Make America Great Again” banner.

Critics called the flag racist and a local superintendent said it symbolized hate.

“To wave a historical version of our flag, that to some symbolizes exclusion and hate, injects hostility and...

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That's L.J. Scott of Marion (Ohio) Harding High rumbling for a 50-yard touchdown run last Friday night against Bowsher (Ohio). You'll notice that an official threw a penalty flag. The penalty was against Scott. His run was too good for high school football.

Scott, a Louisville recruit, had hurdled a defender, and hurdling is specifically prohibited in high school football. The rulebook for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) defines it as "an attempt by a player to jump (hurdle) with one or both feet or knees foremost over an opponent who is contacting the ground with no part of his body except one or both feet." Just so we're clear.

Plays like Scott's have been penalized before, and because they keep getting flagged, they've drawn the attention of the NFHS. As recently as last year, per USA Today, the NFHS considered changing the rule because of all the cool hurdling highlights making the rounds. Ultimately, the NFHS chose to keep the...

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- Derek M. Hansen –

I had the pleasure of being in Times Square in New York City last weekend for the announcement of the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. As soon as his name was announced, I thought of fellow strength coach and friend, Chris Ruf of Baylor University, and his contributions to the achievement of this award. When I contacted Coach Ruf and congratulated him, he mentioned that track and field’s loss was Baylor Football’s gain. And, on further research, I discovered Robert Griffin III could very well have represented the United States in the 2012 Olympics in the 400m hurdles.

As a track and field athlete, Robert Griffin III broke state records for the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He ran the 110-meter hurdles in 13.55 seconds, and the 300m hurdles in 35.33 seconds. The 300m hurdle time was one-hundredth of a second short of breaking the national high school record. He was also won gold in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles on the AAU...

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I was thinking about this the other day: there are very few events in track and field that require athletes to make a major adjustment from high school to college. You got the shot-put and discus with heavier objects, but other than that, the only athletes who must adapt to a new event are hurdlers – the men’s 110 hurdlers adjusting to the height of the hurdles being raised from 39 inches to 42. And because most states have the high schoolers run a 300 hurdle race, these athletes have to adjust to the 400m distance. This article will point out some of the difficulties athletes face, and offer advice on how to make the transition a smooth one.

Long Way Down
The most disconcerting aspect of adjusting to the 42-inch hurdles is the touchdown. When you first start running over 42’s, getting over the hurdle doesn’t feel like that much of a problem. The hard part is the landing. You feel like the ground is moving away from you. You feel like you should be running again by now,...

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List of reasons why I miss high school--prom, football, lockers, writing notes to friends and the school cafeteria. We take all of these special things for granted when we are in school and we don't realize that they are some of the best things about high school. After you graduate, a lot changes and friends drift apart and move all over the country.

High school is a time when you are closest with your childhood friends and you still get to act like a child, but have fun like an adult (sort of..) Even if high school was a hard time and wasn't as cool as a typical high school movie, odds are that there are some things that you miss about high school. Vote for the things that you miss and add any bit of high school nostalgia that you can think of. ...

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Through two weeks of the 2016 college football season, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has hurdled his way to the top of the Heisman hopefuls list—literally. Besides having thrown for seven touchdowns and rushing for six more, Jackson also gave us what might be the highlight of the year when he completely hurdled a defender on his way to the end zone against Syracuse last weekend in a 62-28 blowout.

Lamar Jackson....simply ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/3wyBxzyCR0

— 120 Sports (@120Sports) September 10, 2016

Jackson's move was extra impressive because he's a pretty tiny dude. ESPN lists him at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, but there's been speculation that he weighs something closer to 195. Yet there he was, hurdling a much larger defender like it was the easiest thing in the world.

RELATED: Meet Bryson Gilbert, the High School Running Back Who Hurdled Two Defenders On His Way to the End Zone

You'd be well within your rights if you...

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– Derek M. Hansen –

I had the pleasure of being in Times Square in New York City last weekend for the announcement of the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. As soon as his name was announced, I thought of fellow strength coach and friend, Chris Ruf of Baylor University, and his contributions to the achievement of this award. When I contacted Coach Ruf and congratulated him, he mentioned that track and field’s loss was Baylor Football’s gain. And, on further research, I discovered Robert Griffin III could very well have represented the United States in the 2012 Olympics in the 400m hurdles.

As a track and field athlete, Robert Griffin III broke state records for the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He ran the 110-meter hurdles in 13.55 seconds, and the 300m hurdles in 35.33 seconds. The 300m hurdle time was one-hundredth of a second short of breaking the national high school record. He was also won gold in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles on the AAU...

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Hurdling is the act of running and stepping over an obstacle at speed. In the sport of athletics, hurdling forms the basis of a number track and field events which are a highly specialized form of obstacle racing. In these events, a series of barriers known as hurdles are set at precisely measured heights and distances which each athlete must pass by running over. Failure to pass over, by passing under, or intentionally knocking over hurdles will result in disqualification. Accidental knocking over of hurdles is not cause for disqualification, but the hurdles are weighted to make doing so disadvantageous.

The most prominent hurdles events are 110 meters hurdles for men, 100 meters hurdles for women, and 400 meters hurdles (both sexes) – these three distances are all contested at the Summer Olympics and the World Championships in Athletics. The two shorter distances take place on the straight of a running track, while the 400 m version covers one whole lap of a standard oval...

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With graduation looming, it's the time of year when we all tend to reminisce about high school. For a lot of us, that means thinking about all the things we did wrong after tossing those caps into the air. Here are a few pieces of advice I wish someone had passed down to me.

High school itself is often a battlefield that's tough to get through. Once you graduate, you're left staring back blankly at one of the first major accomplishments in your life. Now's the time when teachers tell you to go for your dream college. Parents are push you toward that medical degree. Friends are urge you to get stoned and tour Europe. I remember spending that summer after graduation stressed, frustrated, and confused. It sucked. So now, years later, here is the wisdom I wish someone had given me.

You Don't Have to Go to College Right Away (Or At All)

We've already talked about when college does and doesn't matter, and even how to make the most out of those college years. But...

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“Nothing great was ever accomplished alone.” For every goal I have achieved in my life, I can trace back each goal to a mentor or individual who helped achieve it.

This past weekend I traveled to Columbus, OH for one our football games this season. During the trip I had a chance to meet up with someone who I have considered a mentor in my life. It had been a while since I last saw him, but after catching up, I was reminded how important he, as well as other mentors, have been in my life. More importantly this inspired me to share how important a mentor can be in your life.

A Mentor Will Get You Started

Whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life, a mentor is going to kick start you on the path to achieve it. By far the hardest part of accomplishing anything is getting started. We all have dreams and goals, but until we make a move to act on them, they will always remain just a dream or a goal.

With Coach Haynes (my football mentor) I...

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