Title IX

How to Improve Youth Sports Safety: Focus On Protecting The Whole Child

As a woman and mother fighting to keep kids safe playing sports for the past twenty-five years, MomsTEAM Founder, Brooke de Lench, knows that, just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the involvement of every youth sports stakeholder to protect children at play from abuse, not just physical abuse, but emotional, psychological and sexual, and from sports injuries, many of which are preventable.

Tell Girls That Sports As Normal and Healthy For Them As For Boys, Top Female Athletes Say

The co-author of the new book, "Raising Your Game - Over 100 Accomplished Athletes Help You Guide Your Girls and Boys Through Sports," says the female elite athletes she talked to all emphasized how important it was for girls to know that it's just as normal and healthy for them to participate and compete as it has always been for boys. 

Gender Gap in High School Sports Opportunities Widening, Reversing Previous Gains, Says New Study

The gender gap in high school sports opportunities widened over the past decade while the number of schools without any interscholastic sports has doubled, finds a new study, which raises troubling questions about the future of interscholastic sports at the secondary school level.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar (Olympic Medalist & Women's Sports Advocate): For Kids Under 12 Sports Not About Winning

Being the mother of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. So momsTEAM designated May as Sports Moms Month and has celebrated by asking some of our favorite sports moms to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions.

We have heard from a fascinating range of sports moms, from a mom of an Olympic athlete to a bunch of moms who were themselves Olympic athletes, from a moms of former minor league baseball players and NCAA Division 1 basketball players to a Minnesota hockey mom and author, from a sports nutritionist to an award-winning health and safety reporter.

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, mom of three, law professor and one of the nation's foremost experts on Title IX says youth sports should be focused more on teaching and building good skills.  For kids under the age of 12, she argues, sports should not be about winning, not about competing, not about playing year-round.

Latest Title IX News: Lockers, Bands, Cheerleaders, and A Movie

The reach of Title IX into high school programs and benefits, both athletic and educational, was highlighted in two recent cases, one from California involving the size of girls' gym lockers and support by the school band and cheerleaders at athletic contests, the other involving a field trip by 5,000 boys to see a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Title IX: More Sports For Girls, But Not Yet Equality

Wheelock College athletic director Diana Cutaia says that, while Title IX has increased girls' participation in sport by 800%, from 1 in 27 in 1972 to 1 in 3 today, too many girls are still denied the opportunity to play sports, and equality remains an elusive goal.

Title IX Came Too Late for MomsTeam Founder, De Lench

There are so many more opportunities for girls to play sports as a result of Title IX, which weren't available when Brooke de Lench was in high school.

Title IX, Harassment and Sportsmanship

Title IX comes up in a sports context so often that we tend to forget that Title IX bars sex discrimination in any educational program that receives federal funds.  Sports is not a prerequisite for a Title IX claim; it just seems that way.

Competitive Cheer Does Not Count As Sport under Title IX, Court Rules

In rejecting the argument that competitive cheer at Quinnipiac Univeristy was a sport, a federal court in Connecticut agreed with the federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' (OCR) that its criteria for qualifying as a sport - including having a defined season and spending more time competing than supporting other teams - had not been met.  

Indiana Drops Rule Against Girls Playing Baseball

Blake Ress, the head of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), didn't let his personal bias get in the way when he dropped a rule barring girls from playing baseball that violated Title IX.
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