Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
Parents Want Son to Lose Football Scholarship, Study
by Ken Sugiura; Staff May 2014
With size, strength and a taste for punishing ball carriers, Georgia Tech defensive end Jabari Hunt-Days would seem to have a reasonable shot at a pro football career. Hunt-Days' parents, though, are willing to risk it in order for their son to learn a broader lesson. Calvin Days, Jabari's father, said it's his and his wife Paula's wish that his son be released from his scholarship until he proves he is serious about his schoolwork.
Iowa Girls' Golf Coaches Enjoy On-Course Contact Rule
by Andy Piper, TH staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org May 2014
Dubuque Senior girls golf coach Rose Kubesheski noticed her standout freshman Maddie Hawkins struggling at the outset of Monday's Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet. Unlike past seasons, Kubesheski was able to stroll onto the fairway and offer some calming advice.
Fairness of Florida HS Baseball Playoff Questioned
by Anthony Chiang Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2014
One dominant pitcher and rain is a dangerous combination. American Heritage found that out the hard way, running into Coral Springs Christian ace and top Major League Baseball draft prospect Touki Toussaint in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals last season. Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, the Stallions tied the game at one just before the skies opened up in the middle of the rally. That marked the end of Heritage's season, however, as the weather never allowed for the game to resume and the score reverted to 1-0 because the inning wasn't completed.
Sterling's Signature on NBA Contracts Hurts His Cause
by Jeff Zillgitt, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports May 2014
The NBA not only is relying on its constitution and bylaws to force Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling to sell the team but also plans to rely on moral and ethical contracts with the league Sterling has signed over the years, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
Editorial: Court Right to Rule TSSAA Records are Open
by NEWS SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD May 2014
The Tennessee Court of Appeals correctly upheld a lower court decision last week that the records of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association are open to the public. The court affirmed that a non-government entity that acts as the “functional equivalent” of a government agency must play by the same rules as government agencies. This established legal principle is becoming more important to the public as more governmental functions are being outsourced to private entities.
Northwestern Football Players Cast Historic Union Vote
by Michael Gaio April 2014
Northwestern football players cast their votes to determine if they will unionize Friday morning. The vote by about 70 scholarship players will be watched closesly by colleges and universities across the country due to the impact it could have on the dynamics of college athletics. However, the outcome of the vote may not be known for some time.
Mavs' PA Announcer Blasts Refs on Twitter, Gets Benched
by Michael Gaio April 2014
Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath has been suspended for two games by the NBA after a series of tweets criticizing the league.
After 133 Closures in 2013, City Steps Up Pool Testing
by April 2014
When many people go to the local pool for a swim, they don’t think twice about the delicate chemical balance required for the water to be safe for swimmers — they assume there are people responsible for checking that — and they’d be right.
But according to the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, city inspectors worry those tasked with checking the pool's chlorine and pH levels may not be doing so correctly.
In 2013, Lincoln closed 133 pools after inspections revealed that the water did not meet quality standards — which may indicate that water testers are making errors during testing.
Under current regulations, lifeguards at a pool can handle pool tests with little training in the correct testing processes.
Pool water is tested by adding a chemical to a small sample of pool water and stirring the sample to turn the water pink. Then another chemical is added to return the water to its original color.
“It’s like a chemistry test,” Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health Division manager for the local department, told the Journal Star. “You have to add the correct number of drops. You have to swirl and not shake.”
Under proposed changes to the outdated pool-testing rules, only certified pool operators or pool testers would be allowed to do quality checks. In order to become certified, candidates would be required to take a short class and be tested to make sure they know how to test the water. The certification class would cost $20 dollars and would make a tester certified for two years.
Testing water correctly plays a large role in helping maintain healthy pool users. When the water has the right pH and chlorine balance, it can reduce the transfer of certain types of diseases and infections.
In 2001, Lincoln suffered an outbreak of cryptosporidium, a diarrheal illness, after it is estimated that it originally spread through public swimming pools. At its peak, there were more than 133 cases of cryptosporidium that had been acquired through public swimming pools.
NJ High Schools Preparing for New Safety Mandates
by Michael Gaio April 2014
New Jersey high schools will soon have new rules in place aimed at keeping student-athletes safer.
Tuesday Takedown: Judgmental Gym Sends Wrong Message
by Dennis Van Milligen March 2014
It has been quite a week for the "Judgment Free Zone" national gym chain known as Planet Fitness, which made national headlines for being the exact opposite. Both Tarainia McDaniel and Tiffany Austin managed to wander outside that aforementioned judgment free zone recently, being told by their respective Planet Fitness gyms how they should dress.