Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
Blog: 'Lunkheads' Judged in 'Judgement Free Zone'
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein September 2011
It was great watching "The Daily Show" skewer Planet Fitness - home of the Judgement Free Zone® - for discriminating against "lunkheads," deadlifters serious enough to make noise while they work out.
California Lags in Regulating Athletic Trainers
by Michael Popke August 2011
In May 2009, Tommy Mallon was playing in his final high school lacrosse game for Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Calif., when he collided with an opposing player as both were scrambling for a bouncing ball.
Is North Carolina's New Concussion Law Best in the Country?
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2011
The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Act - named after two football players who died after suffering concussions in 2009 - was signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue late last week. Every member of the state's House and Senate endorsed the law, which head-injuries expert Kevin Guskiewicz calls the best in the country.
Transgender Student-Athlete Leaves GW Basketball Program
by Paul Steinbach May 2011
As the issue of how transgender student-athletes fit into the organized sports landscape continues to evolve at both the college and high school levels, the collegiate ranks lost one such athlete this week.
Track Coach Fired After Boys Run Shirtless
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2011
A celebrated boys' track coach in Westwood, Mass., was fired and ordered off school property last week for letting his runners train without wearing shirts. Tom Davis led Westwood High's 4x800-meter relay team to the New Balance Indoor Nationals less than two months ago and had his outdoor team off to a 5-0 start this season when he started hearing about complaints regarding boys going shirtless.
High School Senior Ruled One Day Too Old to Play Basketball
by John T. Wolohan March 2011
The primary goal of every state high school athletic association is to develop rules and regulations that ensure fair and safe play.
New Report Urges Transgender Student-Athlete Policies
by Michael Popke October 2010
In what is being hailed as a "groundbreaking report" on transgender student-athletes, a new document sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the It Takes A Team! initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation, urges high school and college athletic associations to adopt standard policies to provide transgender student-athletes fair and equal opportunities to participate on sports teams. The free report, "On the Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student Athletes," was released Monday and is intended to provide leaders in education and athletics with the information to make effective policy decisions about the participation of transgender student-athletes in high school and college athletic programs. "Educators and parents must be open to this challenge if we are to create educational institutions that value and meet the needs of all students," says report co-author Pat Griffin, former director of It Takes A Team!, an educational campaign designed to end homophobia in sports.
Anti-Discrimination Laws Trump Town's Gender-Based Tournaments
by John T. Wolohan September 2010
Anti-discrimination laws trump a town's longstanding policy of holding gender-based tournaments.
SEC to MSU: Less Cowbell
by Paul Steinbach August 2010
The Southeastern Conference has announced a fine structure for the inappropriate use of what it calls "traditional institutional noise makers" at SEC sporting events.
Stakeholders Meet to Address Agent Issue
by Paul Steinbach August 2010
Representatives from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, American Football Coaches Association and sports agent community met Monday to discuss their shared responsibility in addressing improper agent activity within the sport of football - described by the NCAA as "an age-old problem that not just one group or organization can solve on its own." The unprecedented meeting is expected to be the first of several discussions with the goal of identifying points of collaboration and potential solutions.