POTENTIAL REMOVAL OF SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECT IN ATHLETICS – NYS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has proposed amendments to sections of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to Mixed Competition and Extra Class Athletic Activities. Most notably, the proposal would open opportunities for boys to play on girls’ sports teams and girls to play on boys’ sports teams regardless of potential adverse effects.

Students, Parents, and Community Members are encouraged to carefully review the proposed amendments and submit comments during the 60-day public comment period which began on May 22, 2024.

FOR REVIEW:

PROPOSED AMMENDMENT:

Mixed Competition regulation will no longer allow a school to determine if a male athlete will have a “significant adverse effect” upon the participation of female student-athletes.

“Where a school does not provide sufficient opportunity for students of different genders to participate on separate teams, schools must permit a student of a different gender to participate in the team selection process. The expectations for personal and social responsibility, health, physical fitness, and sport-specific skill development and knowledge of the game requirements must be the same for students of all genders.”

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Students, Parents, and Community Members are encouraged to carefully review the proposed amendments and submit comments during the 60-day public comment period which began on May 22, 2024.

PUBLIC COMMENTS with data, views or arguments MAY BE SENT TO:

Angelique Johnson-Dingle
Deputy Commissioner
NYS Education Department
Office of P-12 Education
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 722-2797
email: REGCOMMENTS@nysed.gov

Gowanda Central School District is a member of Section VI of Western NY and CCAA (Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association). We offer multiple opportunities for our students to participate in both individual and team competitions. We strive to develop stronger personal and interpersonal skills and talent while promoting good sportsmanship and winning attitudes.            

Athletic Director: Candace Phillips 

716.532.3325 ext. 6010  |   msphillips@gcslearn.org
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