In June, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association announced stricter rules against trash talk related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion. At its quarterly meeting today through Thursday, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association will discuss extending similar rules to social media.
Syracuse.com reports that the association’s Central Committee will discuss verbal and electronic trash talk, though no new rules will be enacted this week.
Section III executive John Rathbun told Syracuse.com that he’ll propose wording that could be added to a code of conduct agreement that all high school athletes must sign before taking part in state playoffs.
“We’ve had a number of situations throughout the state where there’s been taunting, baiting, posting of pictures … just some rude things,” Rathbun said. “Really there’s no penalty if a kid is caught harassing somebody through social media. So we’re going to take a look at that.”
The NYSPHSAA — got all that? — will be providing updates from its meeting via Twitter. Don’t expect any trash talk.