Friday Night Rights: Continuing Heat Issues Necessitate Change

According to Rivals High, a player in Florida, another in South Carolina, two from Georgia and a coach in Texas have died after participating in football activities held during hot weather in the last week or so. These tragic stories remind me of the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Jason David Stinson, the first reported criminal case […]

Fall Sports Reinstated at Connecticut Vocational-Technical Schools

About two weeks ago Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy introduced a budget plan that included cutting the athletic programs from vocational-technical high schools (“Vo-Techs”), which are operated by the state.  Tonight, Vanessa De La Torre of the Hartford Courant is reporting that fall sports will be played at Vo-Techs this year, primarily due to scheduling issues: Mark Linabury, spokesman for Acting […]

Employment Rights of Connecticut High School Coaches

I was reading a recent Connecticut federal court decision in a case concerning the termination of an assistant football coach from a public high school.  The decision itself was not particularly remarkable, but did include a discussion of Connecticut General Statute Section 10-222e, entitled “Policy on evaluation and termination of athletic coaches.”  This is a statute with […]

Athletic Programs Cut from Connecticut’s Technical Schools

It has been reported that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget plan includes cutting the athletic programs from Connecticut’s vocational-technical high schools (“Vo-Techs”), which are operated by the state.  16 Vo-Techs will lose their athletic programs indefinitely and 10,000 students could be affected. Under existing CIAC rules, students at Connecticut’s Vo-Techs would be eligible to compete at their hometown […]

Friday Night Rights: CIAC Rule Leaves Out Tech School Students

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is the governing body for the state’s high school athletic programs.  Most do not have occasion to become familiar with the CIAC’s rules.  But I recently came across a CIAC eligibility rule that deserves attention, and perhaps should be changed.  The rule at issue reads as follows: Student-athlete participation at any state authorized public school […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2010 – Part II

Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2010, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Marist University’s lawsuit against James Madison University provides another chapter in the story of virtual free agency in college coaching. A Beacon in Poughkeepsie: Marist Claims Victory Over James Madison in Coaching Contract Suit More on Marist […]

Friday Night Rights: Heat and High School Athletics

Doug Malan of the Connecticut Law Tribune recently interviewed me for his story “School Sports Aren’t All Fun And Games”, concerning the liability of high school coaches.  The story touched upon the arrest of two assistant football coaches in Middletown (Conn.) after a player collapsed during a workout on a particularly hot day. Even basic […]

Friday Night Rights: Arrest of Middletown Coaches Evokes Lessons of Stinson Case

Last week, two Middletown (Conn.) assistant football coaches were arrested on misdemeanor charges of second-degree reckless endangerment after allegedly withholding water from players during a strength and conditioning workout.  One of the players allegedly collapsed during the workout, which was held in 93 degree temperatures.  On that day that the National Weather Service placed sections of […]