Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
- Opinion: NCAA's Passe Rules Put UCF Player in Bad Spot
by Dan Wolken August 2017
In less than 24 hours, Donald De La Haye's YouTube video titled "I lost my full D1 scholarship because of my YouTube channel" had been viewed more than 153,000 times.
- UCF Kicker Ruled Ineligible Due to YouTube Channel
by Jason Scott August 2017
University of Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye has reportedly been ruled ineligible to compete this season after he refused the stipulations of an NCAA waiver related to his popular YouTube channel.
- District Releases New Athletics Transfer Rule
by Joe Sirera July 2017
Students and parents involved in Guilford County Schools' new athletics transfer procedure will be counted on to do the "honorable" thing, and it'll be up to the school system's athletics director, Leigh Hebbard, to determine when they don't.
- Transgender Wrestler Hits YouTube to Oppose Texas Bill
by Andy Berg July 2017
The transgender wrestler who won the Texas state girls' championship but identifies as a boy is hoping to take down a proposed “bathroom bill” in his home state.
- States Mandate Face Masks in High School Softball
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has updated the softball manual for the 2017 season with a new mandate that all pitchers wear a protective mask during play.
- NCAA Tells Officials to Shorten All In-Game Delays
by Manie Robinson July 2017
The NCAA has directed officials to adhere to timing guidelines more attentively. The halftime intermission must run closer to the allotted 20 minutes. Those pesky, seemingly incessant television timeouts will not run longer than scheduled.
- Montana Governor Signs Youth Concussion Bill
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law House Bill 487, which was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year, in an effort to expand the protection of young athletes.
The Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act has been in effect in Montana since 2013 and requires public schools to educate parents, coaches and staff about brain injuries and the dangers of playing with a concussion.
House Bill 487 extends those requirements to private schools and other youth athletic organizations and demands that those organizations provide documentation of training programs and educational materials.
Jill Olson, director of the Dylan Steigers Concussion Project, said the 2013 bill increased the safety of sanctioned sports, but HB 487 covers young athletes playing even unsanctioned sports.
"Our biggest concern is the plethora of concussions that we see in youth that are unidentified, mismanaged, minimized and marginalized," said Olson. "This law will help provide some boundaries and structure for coaches and parents to now lean into."
Tom Steigers — father of Dylan Steigers, an Eastern Oregon University football player who died of a head injury in 2010 — told the Missoulian, "We knew all along that you weren't going to take care of the problem or even start to address it by only focusing on the high school realm.”
"You had to expand it to all areas of sports,” he said, and he feels the expanded law accomplishes that.
At the signing ceremony, Governor Bullock — the father of a soon-to-be fifth-grader who is excited to play contact football — said, "I know that because of Dylan, because of Tom, because of the work in this community, that my son and every other kid in this state are much safer.”
The new bill goes into effect on October 1.
- Recruits See Benefits, Drawbacks to Early Signing Period
by Paul Myerberg July 2017
To coaches across the Football Bowl Subdivision, the addition of an early signing period comes with one clear benefit: Allowing prospects to sign in late December removes much of the drama from the homestretch leading into national signing day in early February. The change received strong support from members of the American Football Coaches Association at the group's meeting in January. After it was approved in April by the NCAA's Division I Council, AFCA executive director Todd Berry called the rule change part of "by far the most sweeping legislative package we've had since I've been in coaching."
- Law Professor Promotes Way to Pay College Athletes
by Paul Steinbach June 2017
It's called the Duke Model for a number of reasons. Its architect attended Duke University's School of Law, the Blue Devils basketball program is emblematic of big-time college sports, and the Rice Model sounded too agricultural for David Grenardo, who played football for the Owls in the mid-1990s. People are just starting to digest Grenardo's writings on collegiate student-athlete compensation, which suggest athletic conferences control payment amounts based on their own purse and individual performance — a player's availability (games started) and statistical impact (categories led), as well as conference members' post-season success. Poised to see his 46-page work published this year by the Brooklyn Law Review, the author believes this to be a better approach than the type of free-market system being fought for in the ongoing Jenkins v. NCAA class action. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Grenardo, an associate professor of law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, to make his case.
- NCAA Considering Changes to Transfer Rules
by George Schroeder June 2017
The Division I Council Transfer Working Group is considering a change to the rule that allows schools to essentially control where athletes can transfer.