Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
Muslim Woman Denied Access to Public Pool Due to Attire
by Michael Gaio October 2014
It's an age-old issue for pool managers: what is appropriate swimming attire?
Much to the dismay of Sabah Ali, the Commerce City Recreation Center outside of Denver, did not allow her to swim while wearing clothing that conforms to her Muslim beliefs. Ali was wearing what she called an "Islamic dress" with a shirt and pants underneath.
Proposed HS Transgender Policy Ignites Controversy
by Michael Gaio September 2014
A proposed policy change in Minnesota high school athletics regarding transgender student-athletes has fired up a heated debate across the state.
Military, Municipal Rec Programs Leverage Resources
by Emily Attwood September 2014
Residents in Fairborn, Ohio, have had few outlets for cooling off during the hot summer months since their local public pool was closed in 2009 and subsequently demolished. Construction of a new pool was not in the budget, but that didn't stop the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Division from looking for other solutions. This past summer, through a partnership with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, residents were overjoyed to have access to the base's Prairie Pool for the summer.
High School Coach Fired After Pop Gun Hazing Incident
by Michael Gaio August 2014
What was supposed to be a night of fun and team-building has instead cost a Minnesota high school dance coach her job and divided supporters of the team in the process. The Cannon Falls school board voted Monday not to renew the contract of Madi Salisbury, the head coach of the Bomber Dance Team, due to a July 25 incident at the school's auditorium.
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.
Boy’s Drowning Sparks Call for Age Restriction Changes
by Emily Attwood June 2014
How young is too young to be swimming alone at a public pool? That is the question being asked in Cincinnati following the drowning of a 10-year-old boy last week. The boy was unresponsive when lifeguards pulled him from the pool at Bush Recreation Center and began emergency response procedures. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died over the weekend.
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.
N.C. High Schools Hope to Meet Title IX Standards with Stunt
by Andrew Brandt June 2014
In 2010, the Office of Civil Rights deemed that both traditional and competitive cheerleading did not meet the requirements of Title IX to be considered sports.
The sport called stunt, a cross between gymnastics and competitive cheerleading, has been constructed to meet those standards.
According to The State, stunt will begin making waves across Wake County, N.C. high schools next spring. The sport will consist of both regular head-to-head matches and competitions, which will be divided into four parts: partner stunts, pyramids and tosses, group jumps and tumbling and team performance.
By beginning in the spring, stunt won’t have to jockey for gym time with existing sports like basketball and volleyball. And like diving, stunt scores will be determined by mastery. Rather than create new moves, participants are required to perfect particular routines.
Wake County will be the first in the state to offer stunt as a competitive sport, and their hope that it introduces more girls to interscholastic athletics is a promising one. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in it,” said Darren Coe, the Wake County Schools senior administrator for athletics.
Previously, Wake County didn’t have a high enough percentage of girls competing to meet Title IX standards. And the North Carolina High School Athletic Association currently hosts championships in 11 sports for boys—and only 10 for girls.
If stunt raises enough interest, however, it could very well become sport number 11 for girls. Here’s to hoping stunt becomes something greater than its name suggests.
AD, Coaches Fired in High School Recruiting Scandal
by Michael Gaio June 2014
An ugly scandal in the Dallas Independent School District is coming to a close with the firings of the district's athletic director, two top basketball coaches and 12 others.
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 closely 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.