On April 5, 2013 the founders of the South Texas Select Showcase went public with their intention to host a high school football skills combine in Corpus Christi in 2014. The initial intention of the event was to “show-off the talents of the top high school underclassmen in South Texas to college football coaches from across the country” but has sense grown from that.

The event has transformed from a football skills combine to one of the most unique recruiting and youth development events in the southern United States. While focusing on showing off the skills of college prospects, it is also an event where high school underclassmen are trained on how to perform better on and off the field, are given opportunities to learn from former college and pro athletes, and much more.

The organizers of the South Texas Select Showcase, or SoTxShowcase for short, continuously look for ways to separate their event from other events of its kind. There are plans to have instruction for athletes’ parents to enlighten them on what they can do to help their sons succeed on and off the field

By R Freeman

Let's face it: football is a difficult sport to understand. The ways a team can score, how the team moves the ball, and the endless list of rules can confuse just about anyone. When you add the different types of plays to the mix, it just gets worse.

Have you ever tried to describe how a football team earns a first down to someone who knows absolutely nothing about football? It isn't an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. You basically have to drill down to the minute details just to even explain what four downs are, never mind adding 10 yards to the mix.

If you are successful in explaining first downs, try to move on to the different ways a team can move the ball down the field: passing, running and penalties. Heck, throw penalties out of the mix and just try to explain passing and running first. After the three hours you spend on that with someone, most likely your wife, you can then move onto specific plays the offense uses.
Start Simple: Basic Plays

The most basic play to get across to a not-so-knowledgeable football fan is the

By Wanda Marie Thibodeaux

Exercise makes you stronger and more fit, assuming you give your body what it needs to recover. When you push too hard, you might encounter what's known as overtraining syndrome. For optimum health, this needs to be treated, but there is more than one way to go about it.

Overtraining Overview

Overtraining syndrome refers to symptoms that arise from too much physical activity. Normally, it's attributed to sports and weight training, but you can experience symptoms even if you don't consider yourself an athlete, just from too much everyday physical exertion. Simply put, the body doesn't get the opportunity to recover from the demands you place on it. The result is symptoms such as fatigue, muscle tenderness and soreness, poor coordination, injury increases and a loss of performance or strength. Additional symptoms such as nausea, disrupted hormonal or menstrual cycles, irritability or depression, increased allergies or infections, sleep issues and a decrease in appetite can also be present.

Treatment Approach #1: Rest


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North Carolina volleyball rivals put their differences aside once a year to raise money for a worthy cause.

Grimsley High School and Page High School, both located in Greensboro, NC, are usually bitter rivals whenever they meet for any athletic competition. Once a year, though, the drive to win takes a backseat as the girls on the two volleyball teams come together to raise money for charity. This year's "Volley for a Cure" volleyball match took place on October 1st, and it raised money for the American Cancer Society.

Since 2007, the annual Volley for a Cure event has taken place each October. It alternates being played at Grimsley and Page every season (this year it was hosted by the Grimsley Whirlies). Every year, the teams come together to choose a different charity to benefit with any proceeds they collect from the game. Last year, the event donated money to the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease, and the year before that, it went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

This year's event, which was organized by Carla Meissener, featured several creative ways for