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  • Lawsuit May Follow High School Players’ Racist Photo

    by Andy Berg September 2017

    Five football players at a high school in Iowa have been kicked off their team after a picture surfaced on social media of the boys wearing white hoods while standing next to a burning cross. A confederate flag also is featured prominently in the photo and one of the boys was holding a rifle.

  • Softball Team Nixed from Series Over Snapchat Pic

    by Andy Berg August 2017

    An undefeated record meant nothing for a little league softball team that fell short in the sportsmanship game.

    Atlee Little League softball was headed to the Junior League World Series until they were disqualified after a few members of the team posted a Snapchat photo of themselves giving the middle finger to their competitors – Kirkland American Little League from Washington.  

    According to a report from Huffington Post, the Little League International Tournament Committee made their decision just hours before Atlee was supposed to take the field in the world series.

    Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain said the picture violated the organization’s policies, “regarding unsportsmanlike conduct, inappropriate use of social media, and the high standard that Little League International holds for all its participants.”

    Kirkland, the team Atlee beat to advance, will take Atlee’s place in the Junior World Series. 

    Chris Mardigian, head coach for Atlee, told RVA Sports Network that the girls in the photo were responding to harassment they’d endured from Kirkland during the tournament they’d been playing in. A Kirkland baserunner was ejected for stealing signals from the Atlee team and giving them to their batter.

    A Kirkland coach was also ejected from the game, the Times-Dispatch reported.

  • Berg: Time for Teams to Evaluate Names, Mascots

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    The highest court in the land ruled Monday that trademarks — offensive or otherwise — are private speech, and as such are protected under the First Amendment. While the ruling came in response to an unrelated case, SCOTUS has set the stage for the Washington Redskins – which had their pejorative trademark yanked back in 2014 – to have the rights over their racist name reinstated.

  • Toxic Culture Threatens High School Referees

    by Jason Scott May 2017

    Stories about unruly fans, parents, coaches or even players creating threatening environments for high school sports officials have become common. Could it finally be having an impact on sports leagues’ abilities to find people willing to do the job?

  • MLB Mulls Harsher Penalties for Fan Behavior

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Major League Baseball officials will be entering into a planned discussion to hash out the parameters of potential stadium policy changes meant to check unruly fans.

  • Competitive Boxing Mulls Hijab-Inclusive Uniform Policy

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    This weekend, 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar will box in her first competitive match in Minnesota. After three-and-a-half years of focused training, Zafar was granted a religious exemption last week by national governing body USA Boxing to compete wearing a hijab.

  • Rec League Rugby Teams Suspended After Hazing Probe

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    The Student Conduct and Community Standards office at the University of Wisconsin—River Falls has recently concluded an investigation of several months into the conduct of its men’s and women’s rugby teams.

  • School Seeks to Build ‘Better Athletes, Better People’

    by Jason Scott February 2017

    On Tuesday, officials at the La Cañada Unified School District in California supported a program called the Positive Coaching Alliance that they hope will change the culture surrounding athletics for the better.

  • Local Groups Struggle to Recruit Youth Sports Officials

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    In the last year, finding qualified officials to work youth sports tournament games has become increasingly more difficult, according to the Sports Commission in Rochester, Minn. This makes it harder to host local tournaments, which results in fewer competition opportunities for youths.

  • Eligibility Hearing Reinstates Ref-Hitting Rojas

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    On Tuesday, Victor Rojas, suspended from John Jay (San Antonio) in 2015 for attacking a game official on-field, was reinstated as an eligible participant in competitive sports for the 2017-18 school year by the University Interscholastic League.