Soccer Harassment Rules Expanded, Thanks To Mills College

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The Women’s Sports Foundation News reports:

Thanks to the combined efforts of the Mills College Soccer Team, Athletic Department, Legal Counsel, College Senior Officers, and President Holmgren, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved a soccer rule change that will help to foster a harassment-free environment for all student-athletes.

For the past five months, Mills College has been working to change a NCAA soccer ejection rule that listed “abusive, threatening or obscene language, behavior or conduct” and did not include specific language referring to harassment. …

  • Mills College Athletic Director and Head Soccer Coach advocated vigorously for the following ejection rule change with the NCAA: “engages in hostile or abusive language or harassment that refers to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin, or other abusive, threatening or obscene language, behavior or conduct.”
  • The NCAA Rules Committee, NCAA Legal approved the rule proposal, and it was finally made official by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 12, 2007.
  • The NCAA reports the rule change here (scroll to the very end) with little fanfare perhaps, but still, it’s official.

    –Ann Bartow

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