Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:44 pm

MaxPreps' 2011 high school football kickoff guide

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

With states like Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina getting underway this weekend, it's safe to say that high school football is officially back.

While every season brings its own magic, the 2011 season — chock full of rare talent, tremendous games and intriguing storylines — has a chance to be truly special.

MaxPreps has compiled a comprehensive guide to the season, for high school pigskin fans and recruiting followers alike.

Welcome back, football.
Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:52 pm

MaxPreps Releases MaxStatsFB 2011 for iPad

CAMERON PARK, Calif. -- MaxPreps.com, the online high school sports leader and a CBSSports.com site, today released the 2011 version of MaxStatsFB, the most comprehensive mobile stat tracker application tailored for high school football. Available for the iPad, MaxStatsFB features an intuitive, "scorebook-like" interface which allows users to keep real-time football stats from the stands or sidelines, providing the ultimate tool for high school football statisticians, coaches and super fans.

The MaxStatsFB application connects to the MaxPreps.com database of schedules and rosters for all Varsity, JV and Freshman levels at each of the 16,400 high school football programs across the United States, providing instant access to scoring summaries during the game. Immediately following each game recorded using MaxStatsFB, full game statistics are available to be uploaded to each team's page on MaxPreps.com.

MaxStatsFB can be downloaded from the iTunes store here: http://bit.ly/pubQVk

"With an easy-to-use platform, the 2011 edition of MaxStatsFB provides high school football coaches and their programs the necessary technology to streamline the entire stats process for their games," said Andy Beal, President of MaxPreps.com. "As penetration rates for devices such as the iPad continue to rise, I expect the MaxStatsFB app to become the industry standard for statisticians in high school athletics."

Users can choose between a free version of MaxStatsFB or upgrade to the MaxStatsFB Varsity Edition for $9.95.

Both free and MaxStatsFB Varsity Editions feature:

· Simple & powerful in-game stat manager for all levels - Varsity, JV & Frosh
· Schedule & roster synced from MaxPreps.com
· Live team & player summaries for quick analysis
· Ability to keep fans & media up-to-date with live scoring
· Stats automatically pushed to MaxPreps.com

MaxStatsFB Varsity Edition ($9.95) features:

· Add custom stat categories, plays, formations & motions
· Create "scouting games" for opponent film analysis
· Print & customize stat reports
· Capture and tag video & photos to any play
· Keep notes on each play for post-game review

Free MaxPreps.com membership is required. Requires OS 4.3 or greater and an Internet connection.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:04 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 8:18 pm

The Opening: the good & bad of an all-star event

Posted by Bryan Fischer

I'm glad I wasn't alone.

In talking with most of my colleagues at The Opening, we all pretty much had the same thought: This. Is. Great.

One of the biggest reason why Rivals, Scout, ESPN, 247Sports and CBS Sports/MaxPreps send reporters all over the country to cover camps and competitions, such as the one held on the Nike Campus this past week, is access. For four days, nearly 100 of the top players in the country were measured, tested, put through drills, played in 7-on-7 games, photographed, filmed and available to be interviewed. There should be over 20,000 words and hours of video from a majority of the players at The Opening on the Eye on Recruiting Blog alone.

As a media member, the event could not have been better.

As a media member, I also see why some people have serious concerns about events like The Opening.

The event was a collaboration between ESPN and Nike, who run most of the Nike Football Training Camps and Elite 11 quarterback competitions around the country. Nike paid players' travel costs and - depending on their respective state football association - gave them some free Nike gear. Just about every player was part of a group that saw a Nike presentation about their upcoming products and why said products are better than their competitors.

When people talk about "AAU Football," it's not necessarily all-star 7-on-7 events that come closest to that term, it's actually something like The Opening.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a fan of Nike's products (and Under Armour's and adidas'…) and jumped at the chance to go to the Nike Employee Store when offered. I don't think that any of that clouded my judgement of what I wrote or did, I was there to cover the event to the best of my abilities and I think that I did. There's a lot of good people involved with running The Opening and associated events, people who I believe have the best interests in the kids at heart. All that said, there's something at least a little unsettling about a company - even one as reputable as Nike - putting on this type of event.

Though I know what most of the NCAA enforcement staff looks like, I didn't see anyone in Beaverton but was told someone from the organization was on hand to look around. Everyone always asks me if I see "shady" people at recruiting events and to be honest, there was really only one person who I saw around the sidelines that looked out of place.

If Under Armour or adidas came to CBS Sports wanting to do something similar, I'd tell them to jump at it to be honest. Events such as The Opening are the future of football recruiting like it or not.

Do they contribute to a sense of inflated egos on the part of the players? Absolutely. Are they great events full of good competition? Absolutely. Do they lead to players getting scholarship offers based on their performance? Yes indeed.

Outside of banning events in the first place - something the NCAA could do quicker than you might think - the current model is actually pretty good right now. It's much better and cleaner than basketball and, despite what some might tell you, not headed down that slippery slope too quickly. In fact, I'd invite the conference commissioners and senior athletic administrators to come out and take a look at the events before the speak ill about them and casting all of them into one generic "bad for the game" category.

Are things perfect? Nope.

But it is the future as far as I can tell.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com