Law & Policy: Sportsmanship
- Developing a Universal Code of Conduct for HS Sports Fans
by Emily Attwood October 2016
The repercussions of poor sportsmanship — whether it's on the part of coaches, athletes or fans — are taking their toll on high school sports. High school associations across the country started the academic year with referee shortages due to — among other factors — personal safety concerns.
- Justice Ginsburg: Protests 'Dumb and Disrespectful'
by Cindy Boren October 2016
As a legal scholar, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg supports the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes to protest racial injustice by refusing to stand for the national anthem. But personally? She doesn't like it one bit.
- New Developments in Jays’ Beer-Thrower Prosecution
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
The Toronto police have charged Ken Pagan with one count of mischief for allegedly throwing the beer can that narrowly missed Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim at the American League wild card game played in Toronto on Wednesday, though speculation about whether he is really the offender continues.
- HS Football Team Forfeits After Coach’s Ejection
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
With 1:40 left on the clock in the third quarter, the Northview (Fla.) Chiefs of Century football team walked off the field Friday night, forfeiting the game to the Maplesville (Ala.) Red Devils. The Red Devils were leading 21-0, with Northview head coach Derek Marshman holding two consecutive penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.
- HS Student Section Accused of Lewd Comments
by Evan Barnes September 2016
In a highly charged atmosphere surrounding theEl Camino Real-Chatsworth volleyball match last week, perhaps the Chatsworth student section took it a little too far. Chatsworth male students came under fire for their alleged comments directed at El Camino Real's volleyball team as well as the freshmen team during Thursday's match.
- 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.
- 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.