The NCAA is firing a warning shot over the bow of Republicans in Florida who are considering legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in sports, specifically on women’s and girls’ teams in high school college sports, according to Politico.
One day before the Florida state house is scheduled to consider a law that would permit only “biological” females–that is, people whose gender is specified as female at birth–to participate on girls’ and women’s teams during competitions.
“When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected,” the NCAA Board of Governors wrote in a statement.
The state senate heard the message and withdrew its version of the bill before it was brought to the floor, claiming that the agenda for the senate Rules Committee was too busy to consider the bill Tuesday.
Republicans in the Florida House, however, responded with the expected self-aggrievance, claiming that the issue is actually “wokeness versus science.”
“The NCAA needs to treat their own athletes with ‘dignity and respect,’” Republican state legislator of Clearwater Chris Latvala, chair of the House education committee, tweeted. “The women’s basketball tourney had subpar facilities and covid testing and the volleyball tournament wasn’t even going to have announcers for the first 2 [rounds.]”
For the record, most women’s college volleyball games don’t have announcers during the season, as the information is posted on the scoreboard and the referee provides hand signals after each play.