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11/13/2007 07:37 PM Loading “Document View” Page 1 of 4 Databases selected: National Newspaper Abstracts (3), Research Library Nontraditional Seasons for Female Sports Programs: Discriminatory or Not? Jim BeMiller . . Reston: Sep 2005. Vol. 76, Iss. 7; pg. 12, 4 pgs Abstract (Summary) BeMiller presents a case study emphasizing whether nontraditional seasons for female sports programs are discriminatory or not. Title IX regulations provide that "no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, be treated differently from another person or otherwise be discriminated against in any interscholastic, intercollegiate, club or intramural athletics offered by a recipient of federal funds and no recipient shall provide any such athletics separately on such basis. The district court ruled that the school district's nontraditional scheduling of high school soccer deprived girls but not boys of the opportunity to compete in the New York regional and state championships. Full Text (1693 words) Copyright American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Sep 2005 McCormick v. The School District of Mamaroneck 370 F.3d 275 June 4, 2004 Barry McCormick and Josef Geldwert brought suit on behalf of their respective daughters. Katherine and Emily, then freshman athletes in the New York State Public School System. They alleged that the decisions by the defendant Mamaroneck and Pelham School Districts to schedule girls' high school soccer in the spring of the academic year violated Title IX and its governing regulations. McCormick and Geldwert sought an injunction requiring the school districts to move girls' soccer to the fall. Much of New York state offers girls' soccer in the traditional fall sports season, with the season culminating in the regional and state championships. Some schools, including the defendants, began playing girls' soccer in the spring 15 years ago because of a conflict with girls' field hockey. There are now, at most, 19 schools in the defendants' competitive class, Section 1, that play girls' soccer in the nontraditional spring season. The culmination of the spring season in Section 1 is a sectional championship with no advancement to the state tournament because it is held in the fall season. The girl players argued that they are entitled to the opportunity to compete for the regional and state championships, just as the boys' teams do. The alternate season schedule also causes conflicts with girls' Olympic-development and club-team programs, which take place in the spring to avoid conflicts with the traditional fall programs. The school districts argued that scheduling and practice-field availability would be cumbersome and overburdened by
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