Law & Policy: Sportsmanship
- Miami Investigating Alleged Pregame Groping, Taunting
by Matt Porter September 2016
Appalachian State students said several Hurricanes players physically and verbally assaulted members of the school's color guard as Miami ran onto the field before Saturday's game in Boone, N.C. In a public Facebook post, color guard member Sophie Randleman, a junior at ASU, said one of her fellow students was "shoved by several very large, intentionally aggressive football players." Randleman said the color guard member "had severe pain and had to sit for most of the game." Randleman said she later learned that "several other members were groped, sworn at, taunted and touched in ways that were definitely not asked for."
- Youth Soccer Coaches Defend Participation Trophies
by Worcester Telegram & Gazette September 2016
While trophies for participating in sports are something many kids appreciate, others claim participation trophies take away the value of real accomplishments and instill in children a sense of entitlement. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison last year publicly revoked his then 6- and 8- year old sons’ participation awards. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they earn a real trophy.” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best.”
- HS Team to Appeal Forfeit Ruling
by David Zink September 2016
The principal at Riverside Notre Dame High School said Tuesday that the school will appeal a ruling by the CIF-Southern Section that the school's football team must forfeit a second game as the result of an on-field fight that prematurely ended Friday's game against Santa Fe Springs St. Paul.
- Brawl Could Lead to Penalties for HS Football Teams
by The Herald-Sun September 2016
It took less than a minute for the five officials to get the North Carolina teams separated. And the coaching staffs from each team did their part to calm things down. After the initial swarm by their players, Riverside coaches got their sideline calmed down and had them sitting on the benches. Cedar Ridge's coaches prevented their players from running across the field to join in. But the damage was already done.
- Gold Medals Mean Big Celebrations in Little Countries
by Martin Rogers August 2016
If you happen to find yourself in Singapore over the next few days, don't be surprised if things get a little confusing. For a start, cabs across the small Southeast Asian country appear to have a reference to education on the top instead of the lit-up word "taxi." Chicken nuggets at McDonald's are free. Shops and restaurants everywhere are offering discounts of just above half off, 50.39% to be exact.
- 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.
- Opinion: Sprinter's Defeat Shows Need for Doping Enforcement
by Deseret Morning News July 2016
With less than 120 meters to go to cross the finish line of the 800-meter final at the 2016 Olympic trials, Alysia Montano tripped on another athlete, who flailed after being clipped by a third runner, and Montano tumbled to the ground. After the fall, she cried out and then repeatedly struggled to get to her feet. She wailed and then collected herself enough to run a few more feet before the reality of what she'd lost pushed her back to her knees.
- After Fight, High School Teams Seasons Canceled
by Jason Scott January 2016
Following a nasty fighting incident during a game on Saturday involving fans and players from the Pike and Ben Davis girls basketball teams, the Indiana High School Athletic Association brought the hammer down by canceling the remainder of both teams’ seasons.
- Students Protest Against WIAA’s Anti-Chant Rule
by Jason Scott January 2016
Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Activities Association made headlines for an email message it sent to schools in late December reminding them about a long-standing rule about sportsmanship.
- Student-Athlete Given Five-Game Suspension for Tweet
by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016
Hilbert (Wis.) High School basketball player April Gehl has been suspended for five basketball games for a tweet, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.