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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Sixth Circuit Rules Michigan High School Sports Seasons Discriminatory

In the latest opinion in a long-running dispute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit yesterday upheld a district court opinion finding that the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) violated federal and state law in the scheduling of girls' sports season. A news article on the case can be found here, and the court's opinion can be downloaded here. While this case may head back to the Supreme Court (which remanded the issue on a technical point in 2005), the 6th Circuit's decision also makes it likely that major changes in the state's sports scheduling will take place in the 2007-2008 school year.


Living in Michigan and having played three sports in high school, this issue still amazes me. From the news story: "Communities for Equity maintains that because some sports -- especially volleyball -- are not aligned with college seasons, girls are at a disadvantage for scholarships and the opportunity to play club sports."

I would think that if the high school season is different than the college season, then the college coaches and scouts would have more time to travel to and watch the high school games.

Also, the opportunity to play club sports is not just a problem for girls. High school hockey in Michigan has always been at a disadvantage (for girls and boys) because the travel teams play in the same season as the school teams. In almost every other state the seasons are split so kids can play on both teams. There needs to be some integration between club organizations/leagues and schools for this problem to be solved.

Blogger WMUpsci_student -- 8/17/2006 4:07 PM  

This issue will place lots of high school girls and boys at a disadvantage.
This not only affects those who play sports that will now be in the same season i.e. volleyball, football cheerleading, and girls golf, but also boys that play golf that have been told by the golf courses that host them they will not longer be golfing there if their season is switched to the spring. Take girls and boys basketball, with their season running at the same time smaller school districts will not be able to handle scheduling gym time for all of the teams.
These are just a couple of reasons you need to leave the seasons the same.
Think about this, what are we saying to these athletes?

Why would you change something that has worked for our state and it benifits so few?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 12/11/2006 10:10 AM  

We are hopeful that the MHSAA’s will live by their motto: Good Sports are Winners and work to help schools with the implementation rather than spend more money and time on appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Juanita Coles, Southfield, Michigan

Anonymous Juanita Coles -- 2/28/2007 6:07 PM  

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