Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
WAC Suspends Two Players Involved in Post-Game Brawl
by Super User March 2014
A wild postgame brawl following a contentious game between Utah Valley and New Mexico State highlighted the risks when fans and players collide. The Western Athletic Conference suspended New Mexico State junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller for two games and senior forward Renaldo Dixon for one for violating the league's sportsmanship policy following its review of the melee Thursday night in Orem, Utah. Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker seconds after the Wolverines' 66-61 victory over the Aggies. The ball hit Hunsaker - the son of Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker - in the leg. Some of the fans who stormed the court following the victory got caught up in the chaos and punches were thrown.
NCAA Football Committee to Reconsider Slowdown Rule
by George Schroeder, USA TODAY Sports February 2014
Members of the committee plan to discuss the proposal, which would require a 10-second delay before offenses could snap the ball, before it goes to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday.
Poll: Only 25 of 128 FBS Coaches Favor Slow-Down Rule
by Staff and wire services February 2014
The proposal, if passed, would prohibit teams from snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds had expired from the 40-second play clock, which would allow defenses time to substitute.
Coming to a Scoreboard Near You: Ads for Healthy Foods
by MARY CLARE JALONICK, STAR TRIBUNE February 2014
Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration.
ADs Become PIs When Sorting Out HS Athlete Eligibility
by MIKE KASZUBA; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE February 2014
For high school athletic directors in Minnesota, figuring out whether an athlete is eligible to play sports has never been more difficult. As cases involving athletes who move to a new school become more complex - and raise more questions - some athletic directors say they are often taking on the role of a private detective. They check divorce records and even utility bills to see whether students are indeed living where they claim to be. "You have to pry," said Mark Solberg, the activities director at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Two recent cases, including eligibility questions that forced Achiever Academy, an online hockey school in the Twin Cities, to drop out of the girls' hockey state tournament playoffs, have pushed the envelope on a complicated topic.
No Post-Season for Three Teams that Overscheduled
by Daily Herald report February 2014
The Illinois High School Association has announced that Bogan High School, Hyde Park and Uplift High Schools, all in Chicago, have violated IHSA rules that limit the number of regular-season boys basketball games and tournaments teams can play.
Handshake Lines, Flying Objects Mulled After Scuffle
by Geoff Grammer, Journal Staff Writer February 2014
The University of New Mexico and the Mountain West Conference on Monday were working to determine disciplinary action against one fan and still trying to identify another fan who threw objects at San Diego State players on Saturday night after the Lobos knocked off the then-No. 6 Aztecs in a sold-out Pit. And Lobos coach Craig Neal on Saturday night spoke out against the longtime tradition of having two teams shake hands after a game. There was some pushing during the handshake line following Saturday's game, and the two teams were quickly separated.
NFHS Adopts Football Targeting, Defenseless Player Rules
by Jim Leitner, sports editor February 2014
The National Federation of State High School Associations took more steps last week to make its most popular sport safer. In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders, the NFHS Football Rules Committee introduced rules that will define "targeting" and will be penalized as illegal personal contact. The group also defined a "defenseless" player. Beginning this fall, new Rule 2-43 will read as follows: "Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders."
Dolphins Sack O-Line Coach, Trainer in Wake of Report
by Super User February 2014
The firings Wednesday were the first punitive steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFL's investigation into the scandal was released last week.
Transgender Students Allowed to Play, Homeschoolers Benched in Virginia
by Michael Gaio February 2014
It was a big news week for high school athletes in Virginia.