NCAA adopts new policy for transgender athletes

The NCAA has adopted a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees.

Associated Press

Jan 20, 2022, 2:25 PM

Updated 910 days ago

Share:

NCAA adopts new policy for transgender athletes
The NCAA has adopted a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees.
 
Under the new guidelines, approved by the NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday, transgender participation for each sport will be determined by the policy for the sport's national governing body, subject to review and recommendation by an NCAA committee to the Board of Governors.
 
When there is no national governing body, that sport’s international federation policy would be in place. If there is no international federation policy, previously established IOC policy criteria would take over.
 
“Approximately 80% of U.S. Olympians are either current or former college athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a release. “This policy alignment provides consistency and further strengthens the relationship between college sports and the U.S. Olympics.”
 
The NCAA policy is effective immediately, beginning with the 2022 winter championships.
 
NCAA rules on transgender athletes returned to the forefront when Penn swimmer Lia Thomas started smashing records this year. She was on the men’s team her first three years, but she is competing for the women this season after transitioning.
 
The Board of Governors is suggesting NCAA divisions allow for additional eligibility if a transgender student-athlete loses eligibility based on the policy change. That flexibility is provided they meet the NCAA's new guidelines.
 
“We are steadfast in our support of transgender student-athletes and the fostering of fairness across college sports,” Georgetown President John DeGioia said in a release. “It is important that NCAA member schools, conferences and college athletes compete in an inclusive, fair, safe and respectful environment and can move forward with a clear understanding of the new policy.”


More from News 12
1:10
Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, banks, media outlets and companies around the world

Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, banks, media outlets and companies around the world

Sunny today in New Jersey with lower humidity and highs in the upper-80s

Sunny today in New Jersey with lower humidity and highs in the upper-80s

Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river

Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river

0:36
Police: Borgata Hotel briefly evacuated after caller claims to have bomb

Police: Borgata Hotel briefly evacuated after caller claims to have bomb

13:51
'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

'I’m not supposed to be here tonight.' Donald Trump recounts assassination attempt

2:14
Property taxes increase in New Jersey towns as state slashes school funding

Property taxes increase in New Jersey towns as state slashes school funding

1:39
New Jersey environmental justice law won't block power plant hotly fought by Newark residents

New Jersey environmental justice law won't block power plant hotly fought by Newark residents

1:53
Hundreds of Hunterdon and Somerset county residents clean up following intense Tuesday storms

Hundreds of Hunterdon and Somerset county residents clean up following intense Tuesday storms

1:57
Prosecutor: Director of Brick Township Rec Department issued phony permits to play on ballfields

Prosecutor: Director of Brick Township Rec Department issued phony permits to play on ballfields

0:44
Jersey Proud: Union Township elementary school students participate in junior police academy

Jersey Proud: Union Township elementary school students participate in junior police academy

0:22
Police: 7 passengers on adult day care bus taken to hospital after crash in East Orange

Police: 7 passengers on adult day care bus taken to hospital after crash in East Orange

1:01
Newark officials tout city’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Newark officials tout city’s Summer Youth Employment Program

1:44
Select NJ Transit trains not operating due to heat-related rail equipment issues

Select NJ Transit trains not operating due to heat-related rail equipment issues

1:48
How often do meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere?

How often do meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere?

0:24
Jackson father accused of leaving infant in hot car released from jail

Jackson father accused of leaving infant in hot car released from jail

1:22
Best Beaches: Having fun at Keansburg Amusement Park

Best Beaches: Having fun at Keansburg Amusement Park

1:29
Moderate drought expands in Central New Jersey and in regions in Northern New Jersey

Moderate drought expands in Central New Jersey and in regions in Northern New Jersey

1:46
Saddle up at Wild West City in Byram Township

Saddle up at Wild West City in Byram Township

0:25
State police: Missing Irvington man found dead almost 3 weeks after his disappearance

State police: Missing Irvington man found dead almost 3 weeks after his disappearance

0:25
Former Wall Township High School teacher accused of sexual assault faces additional charges

Former Wall Township High School teacher accused of sexual assault faces additional charges