Scheduling of games and practice times

Scheduling of games and practice times is often a conflict in schools where both boys’ and girls’ teams share the same facilities. Often the boys’ teams practice and compete at more desirable times than the girls’ teams do. In order to avoid a Title IX violation, a school must ensure that the practice and competition times are equally desirable for both female and male teams. Schools should follow a strict schedule by which the boys’ and girls’ teams alternate the best game and practice times.

Example: A school violates Title IX if it always schedules the girls’ basketball games at 3:30 p.m. and the boys’ games at 5:30 p.m., when parents get off work and are able to watch. The school could comply with Title IX by alternating times for the games so the girls begin at 5:30 one week and at 3:30 the next, while the boys have the opposite schedule.

Factors to consider when determining Title IX compliance include:

  • Number of competitive events offered per sport
  • Number and length of practices
  • Time of day competitive events are scheduled
  • Time of day practices are scheduled
  • Number of pre-season and post-season competitive opportunities

All teams should have approximately the same number of games per season and have similar opportunities to participate in off-season competition.

Example: If the boys’ varsity soccer team at High School X competes in off-season tournaments and has more varsity games than the girls’ team, the school is not in compliance with Title IX.


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