The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) board of directors voted to adopt a rule Monday that bans males from competing on girl’s teams in public schools
Recent legislative sessions in Alaska failed to pass a ban on males participating in girls’ sports, but the Alaska Board of Education, whose members are appointed by Alaska Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy, voted for such a ban in August.
The ASAA board of directors proposed amending association bylaws to implement the measure at its meeting on October 9 and voted to prohibit boys from participating in girls’ sports.
“If a separate high school athletics team is established for female students, participation shall be limited to females who were assigned female at birth,” the proposal declares.
“Prior to the first contest of the season for a specific sport, a school may declare a team as a coed team. If a school chooses to have a coed team, then it may not have a separate team in that sport. Any school declaring a coed team may not compete in any district, regional or state competition in the division limited to females who were assigned female at birth,” it continues.
Other states have also taken measures to restrict males’ participation in women’s sports.
The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, prohibited biological males from participating in women’s sports in public schools with a bill signed in June 2021.
In March 2021, the former Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, also signed a bill to that effect.
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