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  • Student Group Protests Harassment by Student-Athletes

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Students at Lawrence High School skipped classes Monday to stage a peaceful sit-in protest of a perceived “pervasive culture of discrimination” against LGBT classmates.

  • New Jersey Mulls Instant Replay for Prep Football

    by Andy Berg September 2017

    New Jersey wants to get the call right.

    The Garden State is considering a plan to implement instant replay at the high school level. According to a report from MyCentralJersey.com, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association is exploring a pilot program with a few schools that voluntarily agree to participate in the program.

    Schools participating in the pilot would be required to have wireless tablets on the sidelines, where replays of game action from cameras in both end zones and the press box would be instantly available to referees.

    NJSIAA assistant director Jack DuBois is set to ask for approval for the program from the National Federation of State High School Associations in the next couple days.

    Carmine Picardo, the coordinator of football officials for NJSIAA, said that DuBois is going to try to feel the NFHS out and see if association leaders have any interest in replay review. “If they have an interest, we are going to sit down and write up a formal proposal to see if we can get them to give us permission next season to experiment with replay review,” Picardo told MyCentralJersey.com.

    NJSIAA is considering a proposal that would include permission to review only plays involving fumbles, catches, touchdowns and out-of-bounds calls. 

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  • Police Employ Pepper Spray to Disrupt Field Brawl

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Visiting football team Canyon Springs of North Las Vegas had just won Basic High School's homecoming game, 20-15, Friday night in Henderson, Nev., when a fight broke out between players at midfield.

  • Assistant Coach, Ref Engage in Fisticuffs Courtside

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Youth basketball assistant coach George Edwards III was arrested under charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon Saturday night after a courtside fight broke out between Edwards and referee Travis Williams at the Hive Gym in Oklahoma City.

  • 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.