While the closely divided Alaska Legislature does not have the votes to protect girls’ sports from biological males who claim to be female, the Alaska School Activities Association just might.

At its May 1-2 meeting in Valdez, the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) Board of Directors will vote on whether to amend its bylaws to clarify that biological males cannot take part in girls-only athletic events or competitions in Alaska.

Currently, the ASAA operates under a 2016 policy that relies on each individual school to make a “gender determination” regarding a student. ASAA then goes along with whatever the school decides, which means biological males sometimes compete against girls and on girls teams. Anchorage and Fairbanks are the two largest districts that allow for this, while the Mat-Su expressly prohibits biological males from competing on all-girls teams.

A recent resolution by the State Board of Education asked the Department of Education and Early Development to require the ASAA to change its policy relating to divisions based on biological sex.

Under the new proposal, Alaska would have two divisions, one exclusively for biological girls and another that was open to boys and girls, meaning girls could try out for and possibly compete on traditionally male teams.

The bylaws can be amended by a simple majority vote of the eight voting members on the ASAA Board of Directors.

Any changes would become effective in 30 days, and would impact statewide athletics for the coming school year.


— The May 1-2 ASAA meeting is open to the public. Those who wish to make public comments should email by noon on April 27. Public comments will begin at 9:15 a.m. on May 1 and may be made by calling 1-253-215-8782 and entering the meeting ID: 854 0563 4005 # then entering the passcode: 099491.

— Public comments are limited to three minutes per speaker. Those wishing to speak should begin by stating and spelling their name.

— If you can’t give public comments, click here to sign a petition in favor of protecting girls’ sports.

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DEADLINE NEARS: Alaskans must act fast to protect girls’ sports from biological males

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    I guess this is hopeful, but honestly I don’t think so, and I’m ready to burn the whole pile of rot!

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    My friend served on a board up here in Fairbanks, and she was the only conservative parent of 17. She spoke up about what was wrong and they just carried on. It was just a waste of her time. Then they could say the books went through a review board who approved them. It was just a front. This was about 2 years ago.

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Sorry, my comment was meant for the article on a parent review board, not sports.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    We know that the evil is going to be weighing in heavily on this. Humanity-loving people need to be involved in this to help our children have mentally and physically healthy lives! Protect the Children because the evil wants to destroy them.

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  • Brenda says:

    You are no friend of humanity. You are a friend of fascism and authoritarianism.

    Trans kids should be able to play on whichever team matches their gender identity.

  • Bleh says:

    I wouldn’t even use the term gender confused. Most of these kids are acting out to get attention. Gender dysphoria didn’t suddenly spread like a virus, these kids are being told to act this way by teachers and school staff and so they are.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Clearly the “adults “are purposely abusing the children ! All societies fail when this becomes the norm!

  • Now We Are Two says:

    Why protect girl sports at all? Why not instead cut public school funding, social program funding, military spending, and foreign wars. Merging girl sports with boys seems a good start. I wouldn’t be sad to cut all sports and let parents create and pay for their own sport teams if it truly matters to them, like Little League. Heck, why isn’t PE in school enough? And just how many girls would even go out for sports if they weren’t pushed into them, anyway? Trying to protect girl sports must be the most wild case of “conservatives” helping to conserve progressive causes.

  • Larry Wood says:

    SB140 was killed the last day of the last session in the Senate. That is what the protection should have been, in state statutes, as LAW. Our legislators are cowards and the leadership of the Senate has sold out and needs to be replaced.