Title IX and It’s Influence on Facilities Access By Scholastic and Collegiate Student-Athletes

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The infrastructure of an intercollegiate and interscholastic athletic program is vital to attract potential student-athlete. To train them to be the best they can be, and allow to be in a haven where they can focus on important tasks that are ahead of them. From luxurious locker rooms, to outfitted weight rooms, and even to the basic shower stalls, athletic fieldhouses and team centers are expanding and getting bigger and better each year. Sometimes it cannot be all about football and men’s basketball at universities, or even just the male sports. There must be that equal access of facilities by both genders to comply with the policies of Title IX. When President Richard Nixon signed the Title IX of the Education Amendments in 1972, it said “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, in be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” (“Title IX Legal Manual”). Athletic administrators have to be careful when it comes to facility design and usage, as a simple denial by a coach or facility manager can lead to an equity issue if nothing is handled the right way.

In municipal school districts, tackling the issue of Title IX compliance can come at a price, because of the funds that must be acquired to upgrade fields and install new components to a locker room or other facility aspect. For high school sports, budgets developed by athletic directors can only go so far, so this is where parents step in to help foot the bill if funds come up short. In 1997, a parent booster club for the Merritt Island High School baseball team in Florida gave significant infrastructural upgrades to the baseball fie...

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