Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
- Investigation Finds Violations in HS Football Program
by Mike Baker April 2016
An independent investigation of the storied Bellevue High football program has found that its boosters paid for athletes to attend an alternative private school and that false addresses were used to help players gain eligibility, officials said Thursday.
- HS Transfers in Florida Eligible Immediately Under Law
by Adam Lichtenstein April 2016
Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7029 into law on Thursday, allowing students to transfer freely between Florida schools and athletes to be immediately eligible after transferring. However, players could not play the same sport for a second school in the same season except under special circumstances such as a parent's death, divorce or military deployment.
- 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.
- Tennis Season Suspended After Player Misconduct
by Laura A. Bischoff April 2016
Wright State University canceled its men's tennis spring season amid allegations that players had violated the student code of conduct, the university confirmed Wednesday.
- West Virginia Board Passes HS Offseason Rule Change
by Tom Bragg April 2016
The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's Board of Control voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed rule that would drastically change the way high school coaches can interact with players during the offseason.
- Opinion: Ban on Satellite Camps Hurts Student-Athletes
by Paul Myerberg April 2016
The NCAA's decision to ban satellite camps, effectively immediately, is seen largely as a victory for the Southeastern Conference, which has long railed against a practice it views as giving the rest of the Football Bowl Subdivision an unfair recruiting advantage. It didn't help, of course, that the SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference had rules prohibiting coaches from participating as guest coaches at satellite-camp opportunities -- essentially giving the rest of the FBS free rein to hold camps in the Southeast.
- Tyndall Hit with 10-Year Show Cause, Ex-Coach May Sue
by Grant Ramey April 2016
Donnie Tyndall plans to appeal the NCAA’s 10-year show cause ordered against him Friday. If that doesn’t work, he’s prepared to take legal action. The ruling announced Friday was “intended to drive him out of the coaching profession permanently,” according to the former Tennessee basketball coach’s legal representation, lawyer Don Jackson of The Sports Group, based in Montgomery, Ala. In an emailed statement to the News Sentinel late Friday night, Jackson said the planned appeal of the Committee on Infractions’ decision will “aggressively defend” Tyndall against “groundless allegations” made by the NCAA.
- Ban on Meldonium Questioned After Athletes Fail Test
by Rachel Axon April 2016
Maria Sharapova is the most noteworthy athlete to have failed a drug test for meldonium. But in the month since the tennis star revealed her use of a drug she contends is for medical reasons, a slew of other top athletes have been implicated. They include fellow Russians Yuliya Efimova, a four-time breaststroke world champion, and Nikolai Kuksenkov, the country's best male gymnast. In all, 140 athletes have tested positive for meldonium in the three months after it was banned Jan. 1, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency spokesman. But as the tally of failed tests is increasing, critics are raising questions about whether meldonium enhances performance and how WADA could ban the drug with what they say is relatively little scientific evidence. "There's really no evidence that there's any performance enhancement from meldonium. Zero," said Don Catlin, a longtime anti-doping expert and the scientific director of the Banned Substances Control Group.
- Fighting Down in US Junior Hockey Leagues
by Kevin Allen April 2016
Fighting in the NHL continues to decrease, but U.S junior hockey is where radical changes are being seen. "Fighting is not part of the fabric in junior hockey in the United States anymore," said Marc Boxer, USA Hockey's director of junior hockey. "It's not what kids are doing. ... No kid wants to take himself out of a game because the viewing he may get from NHL scouts and college scouts." The USA Hockey Player Safety Initiative was adopted in 2012 with a mandate to reduce unnecessary violence with tougher standards, harsher punishments and increased league scrutiny. Since then, fighting and reckless hits have been down and the quality of play has been on the rise.
- Commissioners Considering Ban on Park Wrongdoers
by Palm Beach Post Staff Writer April 2016
Palm Beach County commissioners are set to vote on a plan to issue "trespass" notices to people that would force them to stay out of parks or natural areas or face criminal prosecution.