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  • IHSAA Penalizes Teams Involved in Basketball Brawl

    by Paul Steinbach February 2015

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association on Tuesday cancelled the seasons of boys’ basketball teams involved in a Feb. 10 brawl, video of which went viral.



    In addition, the rival programs from Hammond and Griffith high schools have been placed on probation for the 2015-16 season. Other penalties include mandatory completion by coaches and players of online courses administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and a $500 per-game reimbursement to other schools scheduled to host the teams yet this season.

    READ THE IHSAA'S FULL NEWS RELEASE HERE

    The game, which Hammond led 4-0 with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter, was ruled a double forfeit.


  • No Ruling in Sight for Homeless Teen's Eligibility Fight

    by T.J. Holmes, Record Searchlight (Redding, California) January 2015

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    Basketball season may be almost over before an official decides whether a formerly homeless teen can play for Trinity High School in this, his final year.

    A review of Zach Sanchez's unusual case by the Shasta Cascade League (SCL) Wednesday didn't offer the fifth-year senior the support he was seeking. Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation Commissioner Liz Kyle, who now gets the case, said she doesn't believe there's a deadline for her decision and she's unsure when she'll make one.

    She then added she expects to follow the normal student eligibility deadline of 20 business days. There are 21 business days left until the final date of the regular basketball season, which ends Feb. 20. Sanchez has so far missed all 13 of Trinity's games this season.

    Sanchez's case has attracted attention beyond the small North State community where he now lives with a foster family. Believing he's been treated unfairly after the loss of his mother to cancer and a period of homelessness, the National Center for Youth Law has written a letter to Kyle urging her to let Sanchez play.

    Sanchez applied for athletic eligibility with a hardship waiver after enrolling at Trinity High School over the summer. He attended Liberty Christian Schools in Redding as a freshman, but the instability of living with his biological father following his mother's death caused him to attend sporadically, the letter said.

    Before the season, the league had cleared Sanchez to play, although Kyle still had to review the decision for approval. That 5-1 vote was cast Nov. 10. League members determined Sanchez "suffered greatly from his mother's death," according to the letter to Kyle and Trinity Alps Unified School District Superintendent Tom Barnett from the National Center for Youth Law.

    But Barnett revoked the eligibility Nov. 20, the letter said. He explained his decision in part, the letter said, because Sanchez's application contained an inaccurate date of death for his mother.

    The league officials who met Wednesday could not approve or deny Sanchez's waiver because they could not verify whether federal law supersedes CIF bylaws, according to the league's minutes.

    Officials needed an interpretation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The act details how schools are required to immediately enroll homeless children and youths, "even if the child or youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment," the youth law center letter states.

    In the minutes, league members voted 4-1 to forward the decision on Sanchez's hardship waiver to the Northern Section CIF, but with a negative recommendation. The meeting minutes note Sanchez ran away from his father April 1, 2012, becoming homeless.

    The league cites a CIF bylaw that would make Sanchez ineligible for a hardship waiver because his grades were too low immediately prior to becoming homeless.

    Now, Kyle must decide either to accept the hardship waiver and Sanchez play this season or reject it and give a reason. Sanchez could then appeal the rejection - making the timing of Kyle's decision and the length of the season critical considerations.

    Trinity High Athletic Director Mandy Lahey said she plans to deliver Sanchez's paperwork to the CIF office in Chico on Friday morning.


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  • Michigan Takes Step to Ban College Athlete Unions

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    In April, football players at Northwestern cast a historic vote to determine if they would unionize. Student-athletes in Michigan may never get that chance.

  • Big Ten Approves Enhanced Concussion Protocols

    by Michael Gaio December 2014

    Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Big Ten Conference.

    ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) held its annual December meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, December 7, and took another step toward improving student-athlete welfare when it approved a conference recommendation to establish enhanced concussion protocols.

  • Big Ten Becomes First Power Conference to Guarantee Scholarships

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    The Big Ten has become the first major conference to guarantee scholarships to all student-athletes through the duration of an athlete's enrollment at one of its universities.

  • Power Conferences Make Proposals on New NCAA

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    The Big Ten announced a set of initial recommendations for the NCAA on Wednesday designed to "provide enhanced benefits for student-athletes that are members in good standing with their individual universities as part of the NCAA's new autonomy governance structure." The announcement came just a day after the ACC made a similar statement and on the same day the Pac-12 announced it too had notified the NCAA of forthcoming proposals.

  • KHSAA Recommends Softball Players Wear Facemasks

    by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    As safety has become a bigger priority at every level of sports, the state of Kentucky is considering taking things even further for its high school softball players. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) voted to recommend that softball players playing first base, third base and pitcher wear protective face gear during games.

  • Indiana U. Unveils New Student-Athlete Bill of Rights

    by Rexford Sheild June 2014

    The Indiana University athletic department has taken bold measures to ensure its student-athletes will be fully taken care of throughout their entire athletic stay in Bloomington. IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass unveiled the IU Student-Athlete Bill of Rights on Friday, claiming it to be the first of its kind in the world of college athletics. 

  • USC to Offer Four-Year Scholarships in Revenue Sports

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The University of Southern California is joining a short list of Division I schools offering student-athletes an added sense of security with its scholarship offers.

  • Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.