Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
- TSSAA Clarifies HS Transfer Rules
by Brandon Shields September 2016
TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress said there are two more provisions in a student-athlete’s transition process in addition to the aspect of making a bona fide change of address that affects the athlete’s eligibility.
- MLB Commissioner: Teams Obey Medical Records Rules
by USA Today September 2016
Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident Major League Baseball teams fully disclose medical records but said his office has demonstrated that it will use discipline as a way to discourage rules violations.
- Opinion: NJSIAA's Football 'Power Point' System Unfair
by Phil Anastasia September 2016
"Rewarding a team for losing, what sense does that make?" Bud Kowal, the athletic director at Ewing High School and the president of the West Jersey Football League, wondered aloud in a sentiment shared by more than a few folks south of the Raritan River.
- West Point Post-Game Prayer Draws 'Valid' Complaints
by Paul Steinbach September 2016
The U.S. Military Academy's top general says "valid concerns" have been raised over a team prayer after Army upset Temple in a Sept. 2 football game.
After Army produced and posted video of Army's head coach Jeff Monken instructing a staff member to lead the prayer, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation received approximately 90 complaints. The Foundation regularly raises questions about separation of church and state in the military. The video has since been removed from West Point's website. To leave it online would have been "like grinding salt into the wound," according to Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of West Point.
"Maybe 90 percent of the people who were out there supported the prayer,” Caslen told The Washington Post on Friday. "But, when you look at it from a legal basis and from a legal standpoint, and then you look at it from a leadership standpoint, there were some concerns, and I think they’re valid concerns."
Calsen said it was incorrect from a legal and leadership standpoint for Monken to direct or encourage a prayer while serving in a leadership position at a government-funded public institution, according to the Post.
“It creates an atmosphere where it is expected from everybody to say a prayer regardless of their faith or no faith,” Caslen said. “It’s like me as the superintendent of the Corps of Cadets saying, ‘Let’s take a knee and say a prayer together.’ I don’t have the authority to do that. I cannot use my position of authority — my public position of authority — to direct my subordinates to do something that is inconsistent with their rights. So, that’s probably where we crossed the line.”
- Despite Contrary Reports, Mizzou Players Can Own Guns
by Jason Scott September 2016
After last week’s teleconference between media members and SEC coaches, first-year Missouri head coach Barry Odom made headlines after answering a question on the team’s gun policies.
- Did Youth Soccer Teams Tank to Advance in Tourney?
by Jason Scott August 2016
Two soccer teams raised eyebrows as they competed in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships last week, when it appeared that they played to a scoreless draw on purpose in order to advance.
- Top NCAA Tourney Seed to Choose Opening-Round Site
by Jason Scott July 2016
Beginning this upcoming season, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA basketball tournament will be able to choose the location of its first- and second-round games, giving the top seed an even greater competitive advantage.
- Rule-Breaking HS Pleads Case to Conference ADs
by Jason Scott May 2016
Bellevue (Wash.) High School made headlines earlier this year after an outside investigation revealed widespread problems within its football program, ranging from boosters providing subsidized tuition at an alternative school and players using fake addresses for eligibility.
- HS Girls' Swim Club Hires Stripper for Team Banquet
by Jason Scott April 2016
The synchronized swimming club at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, made waves last week when it hired a male stripper to perform at an off-campus facility during a team banquet.
- Incorrect Court Impacts HS Basketball Championships
by Jason Scott March 2016
The Macon Coliseum hosted the Georgia High School Association’s basketball championships last Thursday through Saturday on a court that wasn’t set up according to regulations.