• Baseball to Begin Testing for Human Growth Hormone

    by Michael Popke July 2010

    Major League Baseball on Thursday became the first North American professional sports league to test for human growth hormone. Commissioner Bud Selig announced that blood testing for HGH will begin immediately as part of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The blood testing is limited to minor league players because they are not members of the players' association, which means that testing is not subject to collective bargaining. Testing in the minor leagues will allow Selig to see how the test works on a trial basis before asking the players' union to agree to testing, The New York Times reports.

  • Heavy Metal: NFHS Bans Composite Bats

    by Michael Popke July 2010


  • College Coaches Still Lack Title IX Knowledge

    by Paul Steinbach July 2010

    The landmark law is pushing 40, but how it works (and is working) remains a mystery to many.

  • Criminals Continue to Try to Elude Background Checks and Coach Youth Sports

    by Nicholas Brown July 2010

    Criminals continue to try to coach youth sports, putting children and recreation providers at risk.

  • Title IX Assists Hazed High School Student-Athlete

    by Joelle Hopf & John T. Wolohan June 2010

    State law scuttles a hazing-related lawsuit, but Title IX comes to an abused teen's rescue.

  • High School Administrators Move Ahead with Policies for Transgender Student-Athletes

    by Michael Popke May 2010

    Citing inclusivity, administrators are moving ahead with policies for transgender student-athletes.

  • The Longer Arm of the Law

    by Paul Steinbach May 2010

    An unarmed teenager bolted into the outfield at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last night. Fans hooted as he managed briefly to outrun a lone police officer and several uniformed event security personnel. But ultimately the long arm of the law was made longer by a Taser - its incapacitating shockwaves dropping the trespasser to the turf, where he lay motionless for a full 30 seconds. By then, many among the Philly faithful had begun booing.

    Tasers have been used with increasing frequency to control crowds at professional and college sports venues on down to high school athletic events. Today, Philadelphia police defended the deployment of a Taser in apprehending the teen, even though he was outnumbered and his arrest appeared imminent.

    Put yourself in a seat at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night. Are you cheering or jeering the use of a Taser in this instance?

    UPDATE: Fans running onto the field in Philadelphia are getting older, if not wiser, but one wonders if Citizens Bank Park security personnel have learned something this week.

    A 34-year-old Phillies fan gained access to the field Tuesday, one night after a 17-year-old was tasered to the outfield turf by a police officer. The latest trespasser was apprehended without use of a Taser.

  • Technology Advances Complicate Cell Phone, iPod Usage in Locker Rooms

    by Nicholas Brown April 2010

    Technological advancements in handheld personal devices complicate usage policies for the locker room and beyond.

  • Facility Operators Benefit from National Move Toward Uniform Building, Life-Safety Codes

    by Andrew Cohen April 2010

    Owners of new and renovated facilities are benefitting from a national move toward uniform building and life-safety codes.

  • Stop, Or My First Baseman Will Shoot

    by Andrew Cohen February 2010

    Major League Baseball says its rules banning weapons from clubhouses was in place last year, but the implementation this month of the Weapon-Free Workplace Policy will ensure that all clubhouses carry signs - similar to the anti-gambling signs that worked so well in the Pete Rose case - that prohibit anyone working for the league to possess deadly weapons. The league defines "deadly weapon," in a spectacular example of legalese, as "any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury to a human or animal or is capable of inflicting death or injury if used in the manner it was designed." An MLB spokesman confirmed the policy bans firearms, explosives, daggers, metal knuckles (do people still use those?), switchblades (or those?) and knives with blades exceeding 5 inches, and then declined further comment.