November 6, 2017
Last week, the University of Iowa Presidential Committee on Athletics unanimously approved a policy that would allow student-athletes to take most of their classes online, starting next semester. According to The Gazette, the new policy requires athletes to take only three credit hours worth of face-to-face classes per semester. Previously, rules allowed athletes to take only one online class per semester unless they had the athletic department's approval. According to Ned Bowden, a member of... more
Legal Issues
November 6, 2017
On October 25, the Coweta County School System in Georgia received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It claimed that East Coweta County High School Head Footbal Coach, John Small, committed a “serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment” by praying with students. According to, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a non-profit that works to ensure separation of church and state, cited court cases as precedent for its argument. Christopher Line, a... more
November 3, 2017
More than four decades after the implementation of Title IX, women are still under-represented among athletic directors. But many female athletic directors remain determined to succeed in spite of the challenges. According to the Del Mar Times, in the California Interscholastic Federation's San Diego section, only 21 out of 127 athletic directors are women. Charlenne Falcis-Stevens, Athletic Director at Torrey Pines High School, said that when the principal of her school called to ask her if... more
November 3, 2017
Last Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced a 76-page tax reform bill that has many sweeping changes. A smaller provision that affects athletic departments is the elimination of the tax deductible status on donations made for season tickets. According to the McClatchy DC Bureau, the rule change is one of many that eliminates deductions in order to pay for tax cuts. At the NCAA Divison I level, many schools require those wishing to purchase season tickets in prime... more
Strategic Planning
November 3, 2017
York College has announced that it is expanding the wrestling program to include collegiate competition for women, starting with the fall 2018 season. York College men's wrestling has developed a national reputation as a strong NAIA team with numerous student-athletes finishing as All-Americans and a team that has had a presence in the top 25 of the NAIA. The new program will build on York College's reputation for excellence in wrestling, while expanding offerings for female representation in... more
Uniforms & Apparel
November 2, 2017
In Michigan, the Northville High School boys' cross country team was disqualified from advancing to the state meet due to runners wearing undergarments that did not match. According to, the ruling to disqualify Northville was based on Michigan High School Athletic Association rules, which require that runners who compete as a team wear matching uniforms, including underwear. Tim Dalton, Northville's coach, complained about the decision, but the appeals group ruled in the association's... more


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