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1. What happened to HighSchoolSports.net?

We didn’t go anywhere. We just changed our name to USA TODAY High School Sports and redesigned our website. We also changed our URL to http://www.usatodayhss.com. We’ll continue to be the nation’s No. 1 high school sports brand and the best source of news and information for your school.

2. How do I create an account?

Click “Register” at the top of the homepage or press “Sign In,” then “Register.” You will be prompted to enter some basic information and create a password. Then you’re ready to roll.

3. How do I start following schools, teams and athletes to get customized content I care about?

Use the search field at the top of the page to find schools, teams and athletes you want to follow. A “+Follow” link will appear on every school, team and athlete page. You can manage who you’re following in the left column of the page. Clicking on one of the schools, teams or athletes you’re following will display a minus-sign to the right. Click the minus-sign to unfollow that school, team or athlete.

4. How do I sign up to receive notifications?

You must have an account on usatodayhss.com and be following a school, team or athlete to sign up to receive notifications. From the homepage, select the “Edit Account” link beneath your profile picture. Click on the “Communications” tab and select the schools, teams or athletes from which you would like to receive alerts. Note: Only schools, teams and athletes that you are already following will appear. You can choose the type, frequency and method of alert, and you may change these settings at any time.

5. How do Massey Ratings work?

Here's a look at how Mr. Massey analyzes your team's information:

Schedule: The difficulty of each team's schedule is measured in the “Sched” column. Factors include the quality of each opponent, the opponent's Massey Rating and an adjustment for home field advantage. Note that schedule strength only represents games played to date. Until a team plays its first game, it will not have a schedule strength rating.

Offense: A team's Offense power rating essentially measures the ability to score points. This does not distinguish how points are scored, so good defensive plays that lead to scoring will be reflected in the offense rating. In general, the offensive rating can be interpreted as the number of points a team would be expected to score against an average defense.

Defense: A team's Defense power rating reflects the ability to prevent its opponent from scoring. An average defense will be rated at zero. Positive or negative defensive ratings would respectively lower or raise the opponent's expected score accordingly.

It should be emphasized that the Offense/Defense breakdown is simply a post-processing step, and as such has no bearing on the overall rating. A consequence of this is that the Offense/Defense ratings may not always match actual production numbers. A team that routinely wins close games may have somewhat inflated Offense/Defense ratings to reflect the fact that they are likely to play well when they have to.

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