Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
- Florida Guidelines Limit Full-Contact HS Football Practices
by Josh Barnett June 2016
Given the concerns about football and head trauma, the Florida High School Athletic Association has adopted full-contact practice limits for the first time. Frank Beasley, the executive director of the FHSAA, told USA TODAY High School Sports on Monday that the guidelines would take effect Aug. 1.
- SEC Debates Application of 'Misconduct' Rule
by Dustin Dopirak June 2016
The SEC appeared ahead of the game last year when it approved a ban on the acceptance of transfers who had been punished through the legal system, or another university or athletic department for “serious misconduct,” defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.
- 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.
- IOC Announces New Policies for Transgender Athletes
by Jason Scott January 2016
Transgender athletes no longer need to undergo sex reassignment surgery in order to be eligible for competition in the Olympics.
- Leaked Files Expose Possible Match-Fixing in Tennis
by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016
- Deaf Athlete Sues Michigan HS Athletic Association
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
In a suit filed in federal court, Ellis Kempf, a deaf wrestler for Royal Oak High School is suing the Michigan High School Athletic Association for refusing to allow an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter mat-side during MHSAA-sanctioned matches.
The case is being handled by Nyman Turkish PC, a law firm that specializes in litigation and disability. Jason Turkish, the firm’s managing partner, said the firm is taking the case pro bono.
- Iowa HS Hoops Coaches Freed From 'Seat Belt' Rule
by Jason Scott November 2015
A rule requiring high school basketball coaches in Iowa to remain in their seats during games has been lifted.
- U.S. Soccer Announces Ban on Heading for U-11 Players
by Jason Scott November 2015
In response to a class-action lawsuit that sought rules changes and a reduction in concussions, U.S. Soccer announced guidelines on Monday that will prohibit young players from heading the ball.