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Jun 06, 2014 Is Softball Sexist?

QUOTE: women have been playing baseball since long before they had the right to vote. As the national pastime went professional, women were forced out of it — and into softball. Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, also protects equal access to and funding of sports for boys and girls at the school level, and girls have been fighting to play baseball — with lawsuits, if necessary — since the 1970s.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2010 Wrestler Sees Legal Move; Prosecutor Sees Assault

QUOTE: used a maneuver informally known as a “butt drag” — which involves grabbing the haunch of an opponent to gain leverage — to roughly and intimately assault a smaller, younger wrestler on his team in retaliation for a supposed affront....accusations of both lax supervision by coaches and overzealousness by prosecutors. It has also cast an unwelcome pall on high school wrestling, and again raised questions about bullying in schools, particularly in the often macho arena of sports.

New York Times
May 24, 2010 For Children in Sports, a Breaking Point

QUOTE: Encouraged by parents and coaches, many with visions of glory and scholarships, too many young athletes are being pushed — or are pushing themselves — to the point of breaking down, physically and sometimes emotionally.

New York Times
Jan 26, 2009 High school football coach charged in player's death

QUOTE: A popular Kentucky high school football coach was arraigned Monday on a reckless homicide charge in the heat-exhaustion-related death of one of his players...."If he denied him access to water, that's really, really serious," said CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 01, 2008 Leave This Child Behind: Sports, segregation, and environmental eugenics.

QUOTE: Critics fret that the test will bring back the bad old days of eugenics. The company behind the test says they're wrong. I think the answer is more complicated. We're not drifting back toward an old peril. We're drifting forward toward a new one.

Mar 09, 2008 Smartening Up: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right?

QUOTE: era of doping may be looming in academia, and it has ignited a debate about policy and ethics that in some ways echoes the national controversy over performance enhancement accusations against elite athletes like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

New York Times
Jan 16, 2008 When the Rules Run Up Against Faith: Prep Athlete Wearing Muslim Clothing Disqualified From Track Meet

QUOTE: disqualified from Saturday's Montgomery Invitational indoor track and field meet after officials said her Muslim clothing violated national competition rules.

Washington Post
Aug 29, 2007 Judge Upholds Right to Ban Metal Bats

QUOTE: While the judge observed that there was disputed evidence over whether metal bats were more harmful than wooden bats, he said that the Council had acted rationally in assessing “that the risk is too great.”

New York Times
Jul 25, 2007 English, Math Time Up in 'No Child' Era: 44% of Schools Polled Reduce Other Topics

QUOTE: The survey provides grist for critics who say the federal testing mandate has led educators to a radical restructuring of the public school curriculum in a quest to teach to new state tests. But backers of the law... say that without mastery of reading and math, students will be hampered in other areas.

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2007 Fit Young Pitchers See Elbow Repair as Cure-All

QUOTE: [But] Prominent orthopedists said they had no evidence that elbow surgery had been performed on a completely healthy arm, and stressed that no ethical doctor would perform such an unnecessary procedure.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2007 In Prep Tennis, What You See Isn't Always What You Get

QUOTE: Youth tennis players not only have to wrap their rackets around off-yellow blurs traveling upward of 100 mph, they also must officiate their own matches. They can make more split-second line calls during a single, grunt-filled rally than a baseball umpire might make all week -- and they often have to do it while out of position and out of breath.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2006 Teenagers to serve time - after football: Kenton athletes caused wreck that seriously injured 2 others; judge delays 60-day sentences

QUOTE: Two teenagers who pulled a stunt last winter that left a man physically disabled and his friend brain-damaged will each spend 60 days in juvenile detention, but not before they finish the upcoming high-school football season.

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
Aug 15, 2006 Youth team pays high price in win-at-all-costs game

QUOTE: How do you feel about what happened to Romney Oaks in Bountiful, Utah, earlier this summer? Would you have intentionally walked the slugger so that you could get the easy out and win the game? Or would you have sacrificed baseball strategy in favor of fairness to a 9-year-old cancer survivor?

Apr 23, 2006 You'll Play Baseball, And You'll Like It

QUOTE: Do you throw money at a summer camp or extracurricular lessons that kids say they don't want and are far from crucial, but that you're convinced will be beneficial at some point in the future? Or are kids allowed to have the final say on such matters, even if you think they're making a mistake?

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Jan 24, 2006 Bill to Quiet Ballfields Creates an Uproar: Va. Youth Leagues Quickly Mobilize Against Constraints on Playing Hours

QUOTE: ...a collision between sports leagues and homeowners increasingly at odds over how best to use the suburbs' shrinking share of green space. It's also a clash over the democratic process and whether the rights of one individual should be heard over the louder voices of the majority.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2005 Half the Size, Twice the Man

QUOTE: ...a starter on punt coverage and a kid, yes, born without legs.... And now they were telling him he couldn't play without shoes?

Sports Illustrated (SI)
Aug 22, 2005 High Schools Address the Cruelest Cut: Pressure to Make Team Forces New Methods Upon Imperfect Process

QUOTE: In an effort to better explain cuts to players and parents, coaches have started to record player evaluation grades. Few coaches, though, agree on how to decide which players are cut. Fewer still agree on how to cut those players. Only one thing, coaches said, can be universally agreed upon: Tryouts are as imperfect as their punishing end result.

Washington Post
Jun 28, 2005 As Stakes Rise, More Parents Are Directing Rage at Coaches

QUOTE: For years, there has been a noticeable rise in sideline fights between parents... But youth sports experts are well aware of the trend toward a new category of confrontations - those between parents and coaches - and they point to one overriding factor as the cause.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2004 Athletes Make the Grade Sooner by Failing First: Loophole Outwits NCAA Eligibility Rules

QUOTE: An apparent loophole in National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility regulations is leading an increasing number of top recruits to intentionally fail to graduate from high school so they can improve their chances of playing sooner in college.

Washington Post
Nov 07, 2003 For the Record . . . No Defense

QUOTE: ...the two coaches had agreed to let Haasis throw a final 37-yard pass so that he could break the conference record...

Washington Post
Feb 24, 2003 A New Meaning for Playground Basketball: Ranking Systems Put Spotlight on Youngsters

QUOTE: Some psychologists, coaches and recruiting analysts say tagging a player at such a tender stage is harmful, no matter how spectacular he might be as a pre-teen.

Washington Post
Feb 02, 2003 England Battles Racism That Infests Soccer

QUOTE: Almost every country in Europe has racist signs, chants and even violence at soccer stadiums, particularly from rightist groups that single out blacks, Jews, Muslims or other ethnic groups.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2002 Tests target students' tobacco use

QUOTE: ...some schools around the country are administering urine tests to teenagers to determine whether they have been using tobacco. Opponents say such testing violates students' rights...

Boston Globe
Aug 14, 2002 Little League in Spotlight Over Home Addresses

QUOTE: ...Little League Baseball found itself today investigating the eligibility of players headed for its signature event, the Little League World Series.

New York Times
Jan 27, 2002 Girls Take to the Ice, Parents Go to Court: in Chicago, Hockey's Rise Brings a Bitter Bias Case

QUOTE: ...a broader complaint alleging that AHAI -- an affiliate of USA Hockey, which governs organized hockey nationwide -- discriminates against girls.

Washington Post
Nov 08, 2001 Justices to Decide On Drug Tests for Public School Groups Beyond Athletes

QUOTE: ...[Supreme Court's] 1995 ruling that upheld drug testing for student athletes but that left school districts uncertain about whether they could also make other groups of students, or perhaps all students, subject to testing as a strategy for deterring drug use.

New York Times
Oct 27, 2001 Baseball's Minor Infractions: in Latin America, Young Players Come At a Bargain Price

QUOTE: ...what are the responsibilities of the U.S.-based teams that conduct business in poor, often-corrupt societies and of an industry that wields enormous power over a vast pool of unsophisticated teenage ballplayers?

Washington Post
Sep 01, 2001 Little League Star is 14, and Bronx Team is Disqualified

QUOTE: Danny Almonte, the pride of the Bronx who pitched his Little League team into the World Series...was found yesterday to be 14 years old, not 12...

New York Times
Aug 19, 2001 The Ethicist: Hot Wheels

QUOTE: My son races go-carts with other 5- to 7-year-olds. At their beginner level, engines must be unaltered, but some fathers do illegal modifications to give their kids an edge.

New York Times