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  Twenty-four states have laws that consider verbal or physical abuse either a misdemeanor or in some cases a felony.  Punishment ranges from fines of $50-$1000’s, prison time as well as prohibition from attending games for a year.   Let's advocate for all states to put a laws on the books to help put an end to harassing behavior.  

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Pay Scale and the Future of Officiating for Female Officials   Female officials enforce the rules, assess penalties start and end the game, check equipment, watch for rules infraction, track and approve the score.  The push across the country to increase the pay for female officials as well as all sports officials has been overdue.  In Florida for example, the long awaited pay raise for officials came in November.   The Florida High School Athletic Association increased the per-game rate for female officials and all sports officials for 12 varsity level sports.  Florida lagged behind neighboring states in what it paid sports...

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Media coverage of female athletes and female sports as well as coverage of female officials is what many refer to as “gender-bland sexism.”  That is when sports commentators minimize the accomplishments of female officials and female athletes and convey a bland or neutral tone about the wins and accomplishments.  If the female official or female athlete isn’t sexualized, then the media will talk typically about the female athletes in a boring and bland way.  The term “gender-bland sexism” is a term that Dr. Cheryl Cooky and her fellow researchers at Purdue University developed after a 30 year study of how...

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Women’s Officials:  The Future of Women as Referees As women referees already know there is a nationwide shortage of referees for high school and youth sports.  The shortage of women referees is requiring cancellation of games in all sports and across the country. A 2017 survey from the National Association of Sports Officials asked its membership who is causing the biggest problem in sportsmanship.  Parents topped the list at 40% and coaches followed at 30%.  In addition another survey indicates that adult behavior is the reason more than 75% of all high school referees quit.  The same report states that...

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Benefits of Buying Gear Made for Women

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