Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
New Report Urges Transgender Student-Athlete Policies
by Michael Popke October 2010
In what is being hailed as a "groundbreaking report" on transgender student-athletes, a new document sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the It Takes A Team! initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation, urges high school and college athletic associations to adopt standard policies to provide transgender student-athletes fair and equal opportunities to participate on sports teams. The free report, "On the Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student Athletes," was released Monday and is intended to provide leaders in education and athletics with the information to make effective policy decisions about the participation of transgender student-athletes in high school and college athletic programs. "Educators and parents must be open to this challenge if we are to create educational institutions that value and meet the needs of all students," says report co-author Pat Griffin, former director of It Takes A Team!, an educational campaign designed to end homophobia in sports.
NCAA Proposes Tougher Academic Standards
by Michael Popke August 2010
The NCAA's board of directors is backing a new proposal that would require incoming basketball players to have their academic records assessed by university officials. Those in need of additional class work would have to take at least six credit hours during the summer to become eligible to compete in the fall. Additionally, school officials would have to reassess the academic records of players at the end of each school year and determine whether additional summer classes are needed. Schools that do not offer summer classes would be exempt from the legislation.
Stevens Noted for Contributions to P.E., Title IX, Olympics
by Michael Popke August 2010
Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who died Monday night in a Physical Education Program (PEP), which provides federal money to school districts and community-based organizations for physical education and innovative physical-activity methods. Stevens also was a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's Hall of Fame.
'STOP' the Pain
by Michael Popke July 2010
A national effort to prevent, recognize and treat the long-term consequences of sports-overuse and traumatic injuries in young athletes is quickly picking up steam. This month, STOP Sports Injuries (the acronym stands for "Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention") has enlisted several new supporters, including the California Athletic Trainers' Association, Dixie Softball Inc. and the Youth Football Coaches Association.
Sports Activism Targets Arizona Immigration Law
by Paul Steinbach June 2010
Arizona's immigration law has left its mark on sports, but how much influence should sports have over lawmaking?
Court: Illinois Association Overreached in Enforcement of Transfer Rules
by John T. Wolohan March 2010
An appeals court tells the IHSAA that it overreached in the enforcement of its transfer rules.
On the Field and Off the Mark
by Andrew Cohen December 2009
High School Swimming Moves Forward After Suit Ban
by Michael Popke December 2009
Prep swimming moves forward following the ban of controversial high-tech suits.
New Jersey Sports Administrators May Have Found New Way to Level Playing Field
by Michael Popke July 2009
New Jersey sports administrators may have found a new way to level the playing field.
Supreme Court Will Review NFL Antitrust Case
by Andrew Cohen & John T. Wolohan July 2009
The NFL hopes the court will expand its lower-court victory by making all professional sports leagues immune from antitrust laws; "Sports Law" contributor John T. Wolohan offers an opinion about the league's chances of victory.