The Royals are still in it at the end of July. Maybe we can quit talking about who we are going to trade and focus on getting to the playoffs.

At the time this article was written, the team was 49-47, the same record they had in 2014 and 2016 after 96 games. If the summer heat does not get to the pitching staff, they should be in it until the end.

It is hard to believe that high school sports practice is in full swing on Monday already. Our annual family vacation is over and it is time to start thinking about fall sports.

Traditionally I have written an article about awareness of heat related issues for high school athletes as practice begins. Training in the heat is currently handled much differently than it was 10 years ago. All high school athletes and their parents in the state of Missouri should research the Missouri State High School Activities Association website for important information on practices held in the summer.

Over the past couple of years I have also had a multitude of conversations with individuals knowledgeable about concussions. Again, MSHSAA has compiled informative facts about concussions.

This year I have chosen to discuss a topic brought to my attention by coaches and administrators, which is difficult social media situations. Social media can be positive, but it also can be very negative. Athletes and parents can be impacted, but so can coaches and administrators.

Many parents expect coaches and administrators to control things they have been unable to control in their own homes. I hear story after story about statements made on social media that negatively affects the entire team. Boundaries need to be established.

Parents sometimes have the misconception that coaches can prevent incidents. That is a fairy tale. Once a comment is made, it is too late to take it back. It could become the downfall of the entire team. If a team is going to be successful, everyone in the program needs to be traveling down the same road. That fact has always been in place. When the negative arises everyone must come together to make things work – face-to-face!

Electronic contact will not cut it. That may be the origination of the problem, but it will not lead to a resolution. Common sense will not change. Social media has created a new need to learn life lessons.

I would also like to mention that 90 percent of my friends have been involved in education in some form or manner. Educators are not in it for fame or money. They care about their students. They are committed to teaching young people how to become a productive adult.

Participation in high school sports is a short period of their lives. Let them enjoy that time. Avoid weak moments with social media to come together for a common goal. Nothing is more gratifying than being successful as a team. When a problem arises this year go old school. Get face to face and work it out.

• The British Open Golf Championship was a classic event. The golfers had to overcome the weather and course to finish it. The players made terrible shots and fantastic shots but Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth redefined the term “grinders.”

• MSHSAA schools voted to roll back next year’s fall sports back one week. The move will let families enjoy one more week together in the summer. More importantly that is one less week for the athletes to practice in the dead heat of Missouri weather in July and August. Remember – these are supposed to be fall sports.

• The Chiefs have a tough schedule in 2017. Starting off against New England at New England is as tough as it gets. Chiefs fans need to remember the regular season is 16 weeks long.

• The quote of the week is from former NBA standout Billy Cunningham: “You cannot excel in one area and ignore others. You must be consistent in offense and defense. You have to find out what your weakest area is and work on it.”

– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at