Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
- CFB Targeting Rule Could See Update
by George Schroeder February 2017
The sometimes controversial targeting rule in college football could get a welcome tweak for next season. When the NCAA Football Rules Committee meets next month, it will consider adding a middle ground, according to secretary-rules editor Rogers Redding, that would in some cases allow the offending player to remain in the game even if the penalty is not overturned. Currently, a targeting call -- "making forcible contact with the crown of the helmet," or "making forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless player" -- results in a 15-yard penalty and the ejection of the player committing the foul. If the foul occurs in the second half of a game, the player is also suspended for the first half of the next game.
- HS Hockey Players Suspended After Vandalism Report
by David La Vaque February 2017
Thirteen Stillwater girls' hockey players were suspended for two games, forcing them to miss the team's 7-2 loss to Roseville in a Class 2A, Section 4 quarterfinal Saturday, after vandalism was reported by a city resident.
- Opinion: Rule Changes Can Up Safety, Quality of Football
by Tom Lyons February 2017
There are more important considerations for kids who play organized tackle football than preparing for competition in high school and college.
- Opinion: NMAA Should Return to Five Classes
by James Yodice February 2017
By noon on Wednesday, the board of directors of the New Mexico Activities Association may very well have voted to return the state to a five-classification system, beginning in 2018.
- Proposed Texas Law a Threat to Tourism
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
The NFL took a strong position on Friday in a public announcement countering proposed Texas legislation that would require transgender persons to use public restrooms corresponding to their biological sex rather than their chosen gender, saying the bill may prevent the league from hosting future Super Bowls in Texas, per The Huffington Post.
- New Competitive Balance Rules Could Force Player Cuts
by Marc Pendleton February 2017
Alter coach Ed Domsitz says new rules could mean that coaches have to cut players or risk moving up to a higher division.
- NJSIAA Approves Transfer Rule Changes
by Phil Anastasia February 2017
Nearly all student-athletes who transfer to a high school in New Jersey starting July 1 will be required to sit out 30 days before participating in a game for their new team.
- MLB Proposes Rule Changes to Speed Pace of Play
by Ken Davidoff February 2017
A source confirmed an ESPN report that Major League Baseball has proposed eliminating the practice of throwing four balls for a free pass, as well as raising the lower border of the strike zone from "the hollow beneath the knee cap" to the top of the hitter's knees.
- Yoga Fans Push Back Against Proposed State Regulation
by Betsy Z. Russell February 2017
The Yoga Alliance has hired lobbyists in both Idaho and Washington to advance legislation exempting yoga instruction from the type of state registration requirements applied to proprietary schools.
- A-10 Absolves Court-Storming St. Bonaventure Students
by Buffalo News February 2017
The Atlantic 10 Conference said the students were not responsible for the administrative technical foul called at the end of regulation in Saturday's St. Bonaventure game against Virginia Commonwealth. The conference clarified the decision that cost the Bonnies the game.