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NJSIAA Tackles Gender Identity, Drone Technology with New Policies

Credits: njsiaa.org

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Transgender student-athletes in New Jersey high schools can now play sports based on their gender identity without a medical consultation.

The executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association enacted a new policy Wednesday through which students can notify the school administration of their identified gender and participate in sports offered for that gender. 
 
“NJSIAA has a duty to address major issues impacting the student-athletes we represent,” said Steven Timko, NJSIAA executive director. “This policy simply states that we will allow the student-athlete to participate in accordance with their identified gender.”

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Transgender students can participate in accordance with either their birth sex or gender identity, but not both. NJSIAA enacted its first transgender policy in 2009 and oversees athletics at hundreds of high schools throughout the state.
 
NJSIAA said the new policy helps to enact the recent state law permitting a transgender student to participate in gender-segregated school activities in accordance with the student’s gender identity.

Drones  

High school sports teams throughout the state will now be able to use drones during games and practices thanks to a policy approved Wednesday by the NJSIAA executive committee.

Teams can use drones at regular season games, but the new policy prohibited their use at tournament events. NJSIAA’s original policy, enacted in 2014, forbade all drone use.

“Technology is having a major impact on athletics at all level,” Timko said. “This policy allows schools to utilize technology, as long as they do so with transparency and communicate properly to all involved parties.”

All schools must use drones in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations under the revised policy. Drones may be used by visiting teams with permission from the home school. If only one school operates a drone at an event, the video must be made available to the other team as soon as possible after the event ends.

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