Title IX 42 years later

-A A +A

Mike's Minute

By Mike Aldridge

When Title IX was first introduced as a part of the Education Amendment of 1972, the NCAA and many other institutions of education began gnashing of teeth and protesting as to how it would be the ruin of sports as we knew them at the time.  
You see, there would be no way that the schools could afford to have the same schedules, pay for coaches, number of scholarships, same types of facilities and more for the female and male athlete.   
How could Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh even dream of proposing such an amendment? While the NCAA protested, Sens. John Tower and Jakob Javvits worked to reject the amendment through the senate channels. Despite their efforts, the bill remained intact and was signed into law on June 23, 1972, by President Richard Milhous Nixon.  
Two of the key components of the athletic part of Title IX are equal treatment of female athletes when it comes to practice and competitive facilities as well as housing, dining facilities and services.  
Pay of coaches is also to be equal, which in some universities it is not even close, but the NCAA allows this to go on even though the institution may be risking whatever federal funding it may receive.  
I say the NCAA allows it, but I do not know for sure that they have anything to say about pay so maybe they don’t actually allow it.  
Anyway, schools get away with it by claiming that the salaries are equal, but “some of the pay comes from other sources” for the men’s coach.  That isn’t the point of the article so enough of that.
My reason for this has to do with the facilities provided by the Harrison County Schools for softball and tennis.  
First, I must clarify two things before I go on with this. No one of either the tennis or softball coaching staffs said anything about this to me.  
I feel like the school does a fine job of trying to be fair, maybe too much so, in most cases and the facilities for the most part, are really good.  The new facility behind the athletic complex is state of the art and I know that they do the most that they can with the money that is available.  
But the restroom facilities for the softball and tennis events are just not acceptable.  Port-a-pots are great for construction sites and Woodstock-type events, but for softball games and tennis matches, they are not good at all.  
Especially when right above the baseball stadium is a nice brick building with a concession stand and separate bathrooms for men and women.
The baseball boosters may have built that themselves, which I doubt, but even if they did, the softball and tennis people need a similar facility.  
It could be built on the side of the softball field opposite the middle school near left field and take care of the fans and athletes of tennis and softball.  
One other suggestion concerning the sports played on the baseball, softball and tennis court and fields: I believe that traffic should be blocked from coming any further than the parking spots behind the baseball fields during the time the sporting events are in progress.  
The one-way sign may as well be written on the street in invisible ink because it is ignored at least half of the time and probably more.  
I have witnessed cars, trucks and even school buses going the wrong way, which puts fans in jeopardy at the fields.   
I might even designate the parking spots for coaches and media so that no one drives further than the parking spots nearest the high school and middle school.  
That way the people that would be driving past the tennis court would be early arrivals which would cut down on the chance of hitting someone.  
In my opinion, a bullet is dodged every time there is an event on the Hilltop and no one is struck by a vehicle.