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August 2016 12 GOVERNING Bodies t The American Football Coaches Association's board of trustees and the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee have come together to discuss the possibility of eliminating kickoffs from football as part of a continued effort to improve player safety, CBS Sports reported in July. Kickoffs have been altered in recent years to help avoid dangerous collisions. The NFL moved the kickoff to the 35-yard line in 2011, with the NCAA following suit a year later, to increase the number of touchbacks. Touchbacks in the NCAA increased by 50 per- cent since the rule change, reducing the number of collisions, said Rogers Redding, secretary-rules editor for the NCAA rules committee. Complete removal of kickoffs by NCAA proba- bly wouldn't happen until after the 2017 season. Pop Warner youth football eliminated kick- offs for all 10-and-under youth division teams in May. n Kickoffs Might Get The Boot Kickoffs Might Get The Boot Kickoffs Might Get The Boot Kickoffs Might Get The Boot USA Gymnastics Buys Karolyi Ranch INDIANAPOLIS — USA Gymnastics agreed to purchase the gymnastics facilities that include gyms, athlete and coach housing, and recreational areas owned by Bela and Martha Karolyi in Huntsville, TX. The USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center, which is an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, will be renamed as the USA Gymnastics Athlete Development Center at the Karolyi Ranch. "Acquiring the gymnastics-related portion of the Karolyi Ranch is an important step in our upcoming transition from Martha's leadership as national team coordinator to her successor," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. Located in the middle of the Sam Houston National Forest, the portion of the Karolyi Ranch that USA Gymnastics is purchasing is 36.2 acres and includes housing for 300 athletes, coaches and administrators; three training gyms: two artistic/acro and one multi-discipline (rhythmic, trampoline/tumbling); a dance studio; dining and recreational areas; medical and rehab facilities; and office space. The training gym for rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling was added in 2010. The Karolyis first began training athletes at the ranch in 1984. They will retain their personal residences, the lodge and the remaining acreage. The ranch has hosted all of the elite training activities for the U.S. Women's National Team since 2001. The ranch was named the U.S. Women's National Team Training Center in 2001 when women's gymnastics switched to a semi- centralized training program after the 2000 Olympic Games. n NOT YOUR ORDINARY SPORTS DESTINATION. In Cabarrus County, NC, we really get into our sports. It doesn't matter what type. That's because in addition to being the home of motorsports' biggest races, we also have experience hosting events of all sizes. We have the venues you want. See how we can help you with your event. © 2016 Cabarrus County, NC and ® 2016 Stewart-Haas Racing For more information, contact John Poole at (704) 456-7968 or email at

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