• Ohio Legislators Mull Regulations for Fantasy Sports

    by Laura A. Bischoff May 2017

    With more than 57 million players in the U.S. and Canada, the industry around fantasy sports betting is putting on a full court press to get Ohio and other states to declare their industry legal.

  • Eliminating Districts Presents HS Scheduling Challenge

    by Jodie Wagner May 2017

    When the Florida High School Athletic Association voted to eliminate football districts for smaller schools and change the playoff structure for all schools last September, the decision was applauded by many area coaches. The changes would give a fair shot to all teams, some said, as a new points system would determine most postseason qualifiers, as well as playoff seedings for teams in all classifications. Points would be awarded using a variety of factors, including number of wins and strength of schedule.

  • Maine Eases Co-Op Enrollment; Adds Classes to Sports

    by Sun Journal April 2017

    Perhaps the most significant change involved the cooperative team policy, in which multiple schools are allowed to form collaborative teams in an effort to provide a wider variety of interscholastic sports for student-athletes around the state in the face of steadily shrinking enrollments.

  • U.S. Soccer to Launch Girls Development Academy

    by Loren Ledin April 2017

    U.S. Soccer, which oversees the national programs for USA Soccer, will launch its inaugural Girls Development Academy Program beginning in the fall of 2018. The academy is projected to feature 70 clubs across seven national regions that compete in three age group levels - under 14-15, under 16-17 and under 18-19.

  • Committee Targets Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

    by Kelly Smith April 2017

    With less than a year to go before the Super Bowl is played in Minneapolis, a group of local leaders is quietly meeting to map out strategies to combat sex trafficking before and after the big game.

  • Competitive Boxing Mulls Hijab-Inclusive Uniform Policy

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    This weekend, 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar will box in her first competitive match in Minnesota. After three-and-a-half years of focused training, Zafar was granted a religious exemption last week by national governing body USA Boxing to compete wearing a hijab.

  • CONCACAF Sues Ex-FIFA Officials Over Bribery Claims

    by Charleston Gazette-Mail April 2017

    North Americas soccer federation has filed a lawsuit claiming it was victimized by two defendants charged in the FIFA bribery scandal.

  • PIAA Board May Take Tough Stance on Sports Transfers

    by Rick O'Brien April 2017

    It may become more difficult for a PIAA student-athlete to transfer from one school to another and continue participation in one or more sports. As first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association has drafted a hard-hitting transfer rule that it plans to present at the PIAA board of directors meeting next month in Mechanicsburg. Amy Scheuneman, the athletic director at North Hills in suburban Pittsburgh, passed along a summary of the proposal via email:

  • Rec League Rugby Teams Suspended After Hazing Probe

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    The Student Conduct and Community Standards office at the University of Wisconsin—River Falls has recently concluded an investigation of several months into the conduct of its men’s and women’s rugby teams.

  • Volleyball Sanctioning Push Spiked by CHSAA

    by Colorado Springs Gazette April 2017

    The push to sanction boys' volleyball didn't get off the ground at the Colorado High School Activities Association's Legislative Council meeting on Thursday.