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Subject: Re: Also new NCAA transgender policy

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Date Posted: 11:50:19 01/20/22 Thu
In reply to: sparman 's message, "Also new NCAA transgender policy" on 10:49:56 01/20/22 Thu

A couple of reactions: First, by having the regulations concerning transgender athletes be set by their national governing boards, the NCAA has been able to essentially say, "Not me." I don't think their policy is unreasonable at all, but it is a convenient way to let somebody else make the decision. Any decision will draw criticism, so why not let somebody else make it? The NCAA has been on a real losing streak over the last few years in the realm of legal challenges and public relations, so it wisely chose to let somebody else take the flack.

I see that the NCAA policy is effective immediately. That's a pretty quick trigger for an organization which typically moves at a glacial pace. I presume that they wanted to get out of the PR line of fire before our Ms. Thomas showed up on the starting blocks at the NCAA swimming championships.

The CBS News story which Sparman posted contains an extensive interview with the Harvard swimmer who transitioned from female to male. I think it undercuts those who criticize those would want to limit trans women from competing against biological females when basically nobody is against trans men swimming against biological men.

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Date Posted: 12:32:29 01/20/22 Thu

Agree they have outsourced responsibility and criticism. But not sure about speeding up the timing aspect; depends on what these various governing organizations have done, and I question how fast they move if they haven't done anything. We will see.

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Date Posted: 13:01:48 01/20/22 Thu

There may be some addional reasons for deferring to the sports bodies:

1. the questions of equity and fairness are specific to each sport

2. the precedent for established policies has been established

3. The NCAA will be aligned with the international community on a sport-by-sport basis.

I also agree that this solution will move more quickly (if there are existing sport-specific policies), and there is a clear benefit in a wounded NCAA outsourcing these tough and highly passionate decisions to outside organizations that oversee these sports.

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