ERIC Number: ED083209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Rules Affecting the Eligibility of the Mentally Retarded for Interscholastic Athletics: A Survey of State High School Athletic Associations.
American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Washington, DC.
This report on rules affecting the eligibility of the mentally retarded for interscholastic athletics uses as its source of information a survey of state high school athletic or activity associations. Excerpts from the replies are interspersed throughout the report which, in essay form, describes the overall rules and attitudes of these organizations over the country, then presents rationale for and against eligibility of retarded students, suggests criteria, and makes recommendations for states to consider where retarded students are not eligible for interscholastic athletics. Specific questions in the survey are reported to have focused on the following areas: a) criteria to determine eligibility of mentally retarded students, b) limitations placed upon their participation, c) rationale and reasons why they were denied opportunities to participate, d) plans being formulated to change rules to grant their eligibility, and e) differences in rules for mentally retarded students enrolled in special classes in regular schools and for those enrolled in special schools. The report indicates that in 44 percent of the states mentally retarded students were eligible and did participate; in 20 percent they were eligible on the basis of broad interpretation of association bylaws; and in 34 percent they were not eligible. (JA)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Washington, DC.