Policy would allow transgender athletes to participate in Nevada high school sports

by NICHOLAS STACK

The Damonte Ranch Mustangs have football practice at Damonte Ranch High School on Oct. 8, 2013. / Photo by Nicholas Stack

The Damonte Ranch Mustangs have football practice at Damonte Ranch High School on Oct. 8, 2013. / Photo by Nicholas Stack

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) is currently in the process of passing a document that would give transgender student athletes the option of participating in high school sports in the state.

The name of the document is titled, “NIAA Gender Identity Participation Position Statement,” and the content in the document is still being worked on.

According to a press release released by Donnie Nelson, the assistant director of the NIAA, the document is currently in “position statement.” This means that the only people who have access to the document and all of its entitlements in the NIAA Board of Control, which determines which laws will be governed by the NIAA and enforced throughout the state in high school athletics.

If the NIAA approves the policy, there will be three-person panel to determine whether or not a transgender athlete can participate in any given sport. At this point and time, the NIAA Board is not interested in adopting the policy, but it will be up for discussion throughout this athletic sporting season.

The first state to adopt such a policy for high school sports was back in 2007 when Washington passed a similar law.

The Board of Control plans to release further information, along with documents detailing the law at their winter board meeting on January 13-14, 2014.



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