Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
- State Pitch-Count Rule's Impact on Prep Baseball
by Brent W. New May 2016
The theory behind Colorado's first-year high school pitching limitations rule is simple: High pitch counts have been put on ice, so fewer young arms have to be.
- Virginia Approves 30-Point HS Basketball Mercy Rule
by Lee Tolliver May 2016
The Princess ANNE girls basketball team crushed opponents with alarming regularity last season, winning 21 games by more than 30 points. Next season, such games likely won’t last quite as long.
- HS Softball Team Forfeits Wins, Still Top Tournament Seed
by Ward Gossett May 2016
Polk County's softball team was informed by the TSSAA that it played an ineligible player all season. However, after having to forfeit all 29 games this year, the District 5-AA regular-season champion will remain as the top-seeded team for the district tournament. Junior Kallie Hawkins, primarily Polk's starting catcher this season, is a transfer from Bradley Central. The TSSAA was recently alerted that she had no change of residence or custody. Then after an investigation, Hawkins was ruled to be ineligible.
- Florida State Group Proposes Ban on Headdresses
by Tom D'Angelo May 2016
Florida State's student government passed a resolution that would discourage Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at sporting events and is asking the university administration to consider wearing headdresses be viewed as a violation of the student code of conduct.
- HS Team Gets Probation for Recruiting Violations
by John Varlas May 2016
The Germantown High football program has been placed on two years’ probation due to a violation of TSSAA recruiting rules — but the Red Devils will remain eligible for the postseason.
- NCAA Adopting New Anti-Discrimination Measures
by Evansville Courier & Press April 2016
The NCAA Board of Governors adopted an anti-discrimination measure Wednesday that would affect the way the governing body evaluates bids to host sporting events. The NCAA said the decision came during the board’s quarterly meeting in Indianapolis. In a news release, the NCAA said it requires sites that are hosting events or bidding on them “to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination.” The NCAA said the decision follows actions of legislatures in several states. While the NCAA didn’t specify which states, Mississippi and North Carolina have recently passed laws that critics say can allow discrimination against members of the LGBT community.
- Investigation: HS Football Team Flouted Rules for Years
by The Columbian April 2016
The Bellevue High School football program violated state rules for years with head coach Butch Goncharoff playing a leading role in major infractions. That was the finding of an independent investigation commissioned by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Details of the 68-page report were made public on Tuesday.
- Proposed Law Would Allow Marching Band to Count as PE
by firstname.lastname@example.org April 2016
The time marching band members spend sweating it out on the practice field would satisfy physical education requirements if the Legislature passes a proposed law.
- Brady Decision Aside, NFL Should Fix Discipline System
by Nancy Armour April 2016
Not so fast, NFL. Yes, the league was the "winner" in the latest round of Deflategate on Monday, with a federal appeals court reinstating Tom Brady's four-game suspension after deciding Roger Goodell has Wizard of Oz-like powers when it comes to player discipline. But read beyond the headline, and it's clear the three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit found plenty of fault with the NFL in these endless hostilities. "Somewhat unorthodox" is how Judge Barrington Parker described the NFL's disciplinary system, in which Goodell acts as judge, jury and executioner.
- Coaches' Advice for Texting Recruits
by Nicole Auerbach April 2016
College football coaches are curious about the NCAA's deregulation of electronic communication -- meaning that starting later this summer, recruits will be able to receive an unlimited amount of messages via texting and forms of social media.