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Cover Story - May 14, 2010

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More articles and documents posted on Palo Alto Online

During the course of reporting on high school coaching, the Weekly explored many facets of the athletic experience for local teens. These additional topics will be presented this week in print and online as well as next week in the conclusion of the two-part series.

This week, four additional articles about the local sports culture have been posted at

- [ Sports and coaches at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools]: a comprehensive list of the sports offered at the two schools, plus statistics on the number of athletes and types of coaches who work or volunteer in the athletics programs.

- [ The job of coaching]: a review of the working conditions high-school coaches face. For many, the work means long hours, low pay, high expectations and shifting personnel.

- [ Club sports add challenges to school athletics]: how the emergence of private club sports in the past 20 years has created a pool of experienced coaches in high-school athletics — but also has raised concerns about conflicts of interest and favoritism when a club coach has club players on a school team.

- [ Positive Coaching seeks to eliminate 'poisonous negativity' in youth sports]: National program, based in Mountain View, aims to transform youth sports so sports can transform youth.

Also, the Weekly obtained many documents from the Palo Alto Unified School District during its investigation, including complaints submitted by parents, e-mails and responses of administrators. Both this week and next, a [[ sampling of these documents] will be made available on Palo Alto Online.

This week, six complaint letters about Palo Alto High School water-polo coach Cory Olcott and the school's response to one parent are posted.


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