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Discussion: Rules Committee Minutes

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Dec. 18, 2013
softball47
13 posts
Rules Committee Minutes
So, What IS the Olympic Rule for Transgender Players... it is a safety concern.
Dec. 18, 2013
SSUSA Staff
1268 posts
Here is an excerpt from an article by (trans-gender athlete) Donna Rose that appeared on CNN.com in December, 2010 ... While there is much more in the article by way of background and her personal opinions, this is the best short summary we have encountered to date ...

"...In 2003, the International Olympic Committee became the first international sports organization to develop a policy of inclusion for transgender athletes. Recognition that a person's gender is more complicated than any single factor, combined with the inability to identify medically sound testing criteria, led to discontinuation of mandatory sex testing on female athletes 1999. (Tests may be done on a case-by-case basis, however.)

According to IOC guidelines, transsexual athletes must have undergone hormone replacement therapy for at least two years, be legally recognized as the sex in which they want to compete and have had "sex reassignment" surgery in order to compete in their authentic gender. Many international sports organizations...have adopted or defer to the IOC policies..."


SSUSA has adopted the IOC policy to address the trans-gender athlete issue which has arisen recently on a few occasions in Senior Softball. This policy meets our desires [1] to ensure that no athlete is excluded from the opportunity to participate; [2] that eligibility standards are established to ensure the safety of women players; and [3] to maintain fairness in competition.

Jan. 2, 2014
ACC
Women's 60
4 posts
Can someone please explain to which senior tournaments SSUSA rules apply? E.g. do they apply to Senior Olympics? Thank you.
Jan. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
1268 posts
Any tournament run under SSUSA sanction ... That generally includes any events listed on the Tournaments Page of this website ... Other tourneys and/or associations may choose to use our rules, but that's their own individual choice and something over which we have no influence or concern ...
Jan. 4, 2014
ACC
Women's 60
4 posts
Thank you. I have written nsga.org (Senior Games; email nsga@nsga.org) and the ASA (whose rules are used in some senior events; email info@softball.org), asking them to consider the rule change SSUSA adopted. I hope others might write so all may play safely, fairly and without fear of liability.
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