Water Polo Dress Code

Water Polo Dress Code


GOOD EVENING, THANKS FOR TUNING US IN.. .. I’M KEN MALLOY. KATHRYN: AND I’M KATHRYN HERR. NEW AT SIX… “CLARIFICATION” FROM “CLOVIS UNIFIED”… FOLLOWING A SWIMSUIT CONTROVERSY. KATHRYN: IT STARTED LAST WEEK… WHEN WATER POLO PLAYERS – BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS… SAY THEY WERE TOLD TO “COVER UP” IMMEDIATELY AFTER GETTING OUT OF THE POOL. BUT THE DISTRICT SAYS THERE’S BEEN MISCOMMUNICA TION. CBS 47’S “ANGELICA LEI LANI” JOINS US LIVE IN STUDIO TO EXPLAIN. ANGELICA: CLOVIS UNIFIED TELLS ME THIS IS NOT A DISTRICT RULE THAT IT’S A CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION RULE.. THEY SAY IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SCHOOL DRESS CODE BUT C-I-F UNIFORM RULE. SO TODAY THE DISTRICT IMPLEMENTED A PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE ALL STUDENTS COMPLY WITH THE RULES. ANGELICA SOT/ KELLY AVANTS/ CLOVIS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT “we want our kids to have a positive experience in the water and we do not what them to get an penalties from cif refs which is a potential consequences for this”CLOVIS UNIFIED SENT OUT THIS LETTER TO PARENTS TO CLARIFY THEY SAY THE CONFUSION ABOUT WATER POLO ATHLETES COVERING UP WHEN OUT OF THE POOL. SOT SOT/ KELLY AVANTS/ CLOVIS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT “we have as a district set a standard and an expectation that the rules are followed and the rules are not clovis unified rules they’re cif and the national federation high school rules for swimsuits in aquatic programs on high school campuses” KELLY AVANTS WITH CLOVIS UNIFIED SAYS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL THEY NEVER TOLD ANY PLAYERS THEY HAD TO WEAR SHORTS.. BUT SAYS THEY BELIEVE THE DIRECTIVE CAME FROM ATHLETIC DIRECTORS. THE DISTRICT SENT OUT A LETTER CLAIFYING WHAT’S EXPECTED… FOR STUDENTS TO FOLLOW STATE GUIDELINES. SOT “that could take the form of many different things, it can take the form of wearing shorts after the game, towel, cover up, jackets, anyone that watches water polo sees the different options that are available” WE’RE TOLD SOME PARENTS BELIEVE THIS ISSUE HAS MORE TO DO WITH THE FEMALE ATHLETES THAN THE BOYS.. BECAUSE OVER THE YEARS THE CUT OF A SWIMSUIT HAS GOTTEN HIGHER IN ORDER FOR GIRL PLAYERS TO KICK BETTER. BUT THE CIF STATE DIRECTOR SAYS THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE NATIONAL STANDARDS. PHONER “we follow the nfhs guidelines so for the sport of water polo it’s nfhs rule 2.4 under apparel and what it says is that boys and girls shall wear suits that complety cover the buttocks and breast when they’re playing or on the deck” THE CALIFORNIA INTERSCHOLASTIC FEDERATION SAYS THIS IS NOT NEW BUT SAYS SCHOOLS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE MORE RESTRICTIVE. ANGELICA: AND WE REACHED OUT TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS, BOTH FRESNO AND CENTRAL UNIFIED SAYS THEY COMPLY WITH THE SAME RULES AS WELL AND HAVE FOR YEARS. AND A FEW PARENTS WE SPOKE WITH DID NOT WANT TO GO ON CAMERA BUT SAY THEY FEEL BETTER AFTER RECEIVING THE LETTER. LIVE IN THE STUDIO ANGELICA LEI LANI CBS47 EYEWITNESS NEWS KEN: IN DEVELOPING

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