Provides that any student who participates in athletic programs at any school and who is a member of the National Guard, Reserve Officers' Training Camps (ROTC) or any other military training during the time period in which other students practice such athletic programs, shall be exempt from ten days of practice and shall be permitted to participate in such athletic programs and sporting events.
BILL NUMBER: S2685
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to exempting certain students enrolled in athletic programs from certain practice requirements
PURPOSE : This legislation would exempt certain students who engage in military training and who are enrolled in athletic programs from certain practice requirements.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one amends the Education Law by adding a new section 3208-b to exempt any student who is a member of the National Guard, ROTC or any other military training from ten days of practice and still be eligible to participate in athletic programs and sporting events.
Section two makes the bill effective immediately.
JUSTIFICATION : Current New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) regulations state that high school athletes must sit out the first three games of the athletic season if they do not participate in a minimum number of summer practices. This regulation was put into place to ensure that all athletes are properly conditioned for the sports season, but participation in military training is extremely vigorous and compensates for missed team practices.
This regulation unfairly punishes student athletes when their military requirements keep them from participating in summer practices. Armed service volunteers and student athletes should not be penalized for their brave service and commitment to our country.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.8277 of 2007/2008
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2685 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 26, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to exempting certain students enrolled in athletic programs from certain practice require- ments THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3208-b to read as follows: S 3208-B. ATHLETIC PROGRAMS; ATTENDANCE. ANY STUDENT WHO PARTICIPATES IN ATHLETIC PROGRAMS AT ANY SCHOOL AND WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) OR ANY OTHER MILITARY TRAINING DURING THE TIME PERIOD IN WHICH OTHER STUDENTS PRACTICE SUCH ATHLETIC PROGRAMS, SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM TEN DAYS OF PRACTICE AND SHALL BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH ATHLETIC PROGRAMS AND SPORTING EVENTS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00868-01-9