The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA), which oversees high school athletic competitions in Alaska, has refused to bar gender-confused biological males from competing in girls’ sports, unless it is compelled to do so by the state.

While many advocates for girls’ sports were hopeful the ASAA board of directors would change its bylaws during a May 1-2 meeting with a simple majority vote, the board declined. Instead it chose to keep the status quo, which relies on each individual school making a “gender determination” regarding a student’s sex. ASAA then accepts whatever each school determines, which means gender-confused biological males who claim to be female sometimes compete against girls. 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.

After refusing to adopt a propose bylaw change – which the State Board of Education specifically requested – the ASAA board released a statement, explaining that if the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) wants new protocols for how high school athletics are regulated, it should take the lead and address the issue by changing state regulations governing high school sports.

Since ASAA is a nonprofit that must organize and oversee Alaska’s school athletic competitions in accord with state law and regulations, it would have to comply with any new state regulations passed by DEED.

“The ASAA Board felt that until DEED changes the current regulations, it would be premature to change the ASAA bylaw,” the ASAA board stated in justifying its inaction. It added that a change in regulations would have “the practical effect of compelling ASAA to make a change to its bylaws in the future.”

“If DEED does adopt regulations adding new conditions for participation in activities associations by public schools and ASAA does not meet the new regulatory requirements, then school districts would no longer be able to support and participate in ASAA,” the ASAA board concluded. “Without the participation and support of public schools, ASAA would likely cease to be viable or relevant.”

ASAA runs all state championship events for schools throughout Alaska.


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Alaska athletics board won’t bar gender-confused males from girls sports unless compelled by state

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.


  • Friend of Humanity says:

    ASAA is another non-profit organization. ASAA Board of Directors.

    Region 1
    Patrick Callahan, Activities Director
    PO Box 131
    Nome, AK 99762
    Phone: 907-443-6180 / Fax: 907-443-3626
    (2nd term, ends December 2024)

    Region 2
    James Sickler, Activities Director
    Susitna Valley High School
    PO Box 8580
    Talkeetna, AK 99676
    Phone: 907-733-9300 / Fax: 907-733-9380
    (2nd term, ends December 2024)

    Region 3
    Stacia Rustad, Activities Director
    Wasilla High School
    701 East Bogard Road
    Wasilla, AK 99654
    Phone: 907-352-8249 / Fax: 907-352-8282
    (1st term, ends December 2023)

    Region 4
    Tim Helvey, Principal
    Eagle River High School
    8701 Wolf Den Drive
    Eagle River, AK 99577
    Phone: 907-742-2700 / Fax: 907-742-2710
    (1st term, ends December 2023)

    Region 5
    Jaime Cabral, Activities Director
    Petersburg High School
    PO Box 289
    Petersburg, AK 99833
    Phone: 877-526-7656 / Fax: 907-772-4168
    (1st term, ends December 2024)

    Region 6
    Steve Zanazzo, Districtwide Activities Coordinator (Board Vice President)
    520 5th Ave
    Fairbanks, Ak 99701
    Phone: 907-452-2000 ext 11449
    (1st term, ends December 2024)

    Alaska Association of School Administrators (AASA)
    Jim Holien, Superintendent
    Klawock School District
    PO Box 9
    Klawock, AK 99925
    Phone: 907-755-2913
    (1st term, ends December 2023)

    Dana Mock
    Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB) (Board President)
    Dana Mock
    PO Box 31328
    Fort Greely, AK 99731
    (2nd term, ends December 2024)

    Alaska Association of Student Governments (AASG)
    Rhiannon Dobbins
    Eagle River High School
    8701 Wolf Den Dr.
    Eagle River, AK 99577
    Phone: 907-742-2700 / Fax: 907-742-2710
    (1st term, ends December 2024)

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    ASAA Sponsors

  • Reggie Taylor says:

    Well, then, the state needs to get to compelling.

    • Lobo says:

      The state is busy looking at ways to spend your PFD.

      • Reggie Taylor says:

        Well, then, I propose that the state spends our PFDs on mandatory psychological therapy for the sexually confused.

      • Lobo says:

        Reggie, I want the state to keep it’s never ending, spending eyes off of our PFD, and disburse the correct amounts to the citizen, residents of Alaska. The are looking at never ending ways to rob the PFD, and we can’t get a Constitutional convention established because of influence peddling, lying ads, and outside finances used to scare the uninformed/misinformed peoples of Alaska

  • Cathie Dawson says:

    Soon no real girls will be doing any sport’s when they have no chance of winning against a biological male . I guess instead of women’s and girls sport’s they can call it Transgender

    • Lobo says:

      I find it a little hard to believe that most of them are actually “confused”.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Transgender/Sickos league

    • cathietoucheskids says:

      for years women complained about being, stronger or better at sports than men. time to face the music, women.

    • Molly says:

      Let’s just call a trans what he is, a man playing womens sports, mocking women.
      Men are beating women in sports, big whoop. Biological science told me long ago that men will, or have the capacity to, beat women in far too many sports. Biological science says men are atronger and faster than biological women, science, truth.
      You are right, why would women or girls these days ever waste their time in any sport again. Spend your time elsewhere ladies, my fight 50 years ago made no difference for you today.
      If you do not fight, you cannot win to get biological males out of female sports.
      I fought and I won in my time.
      Your fight, your turn in this time.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    People who have been given real jobs with real responsibility, the governor, the legislative leaders are abdicating their responsibility to a nonprofit! Fire their asses immediately!

  • John J Otness says:

    Alaskans must assess the board,,,, ty for the list of them… Really shows the cowardice of these so called leaders to stand up for the girls
    who have given so much effort.. Im sure they all enjoyed Fallon Fox the well hung trans MMA fighter fracturing 2 woman’s skulls….Thats where this lead…

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    More pass the buck so we’re not tge bad guys. We’ll it’s time both tge ASAA and tge DEED take the ball and score. Deed change your discretion and ASAA change your bylaws. Both sound relatively simple. So which one of your organizations will get guts enough to stand up to LGBTQ+ and fo what’s right? Girls shouldn’t be left out of sports because some confused person thinks hrs the opposite sex. Let that person sit out and not participate. It’s prejudice letting a girl sit the bench because some guy is a ringer to play a position and wants to see naked girls in the locker room. Either start a league for Trans or the confused girl/guy sits the bench or don’t even make the team.

  • Maxine Duffy says:

    “News that takes courage to report?” Really? Joel, you’re punching down on kids. This is cowardice, not courage.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Only a lefty minion would say that the kids are being attacked. Thankfully, the Big Man upstairs knows the truth and can see that Mr. Davidson is trying to protect the children. Truth wins in the end – Humanity wins in the end.

  • Johnny says:

    The state won’t take a stand unless it pads their pockets.

  • Joe Drayton says:

    The responsibility of enacting laws/regulations protecting females from having to compete in Sports against males is the governing boards and the legislature. That said, these decision makers act out response from the feedback from the effected parties.
    Not always, but always when the outrage is so overwhelming that the decision makers cannot hide.
    As a male I have been waiting hear the outrage from ALL women.
    No color, No Political leaning, or No race should divide females in the USA from these attempts to lesson a women uniqueness. WOMEN need to be heard. It is not the same as a male complaining about the mental health crisis of transgenders. After all I have yet to hear about the trans girl trying out for boys basketball team. Seriously if that was the case, guys being affected by transgenders as women are,
    It would not have been an issue. Guys would have nipped it in the bud. Hope that ticks you women off, because this is your fight and you NEED to be upset.

  • River says:

    They are not confused,they are brainwashed.

    • StopTheMadnesz says:

      There’s a heckuva lotta money to be made off gender confused kids these days…

  • Shared says:

    Why can’t we vote on this? Again the majority loses for the minority!

  • Anon says:

    If you have a daughter in sports that has to compete against a male.
    Pull her out of the sport, ask every female to stand down. Become united and ungovernable

    • StopTheMadnesz says:

      I said the same thing, in reverse, when they started allowing girls to wrestle with the boys. Completely unfair to both sexes, for completely different reasons.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        You have a point there! I remember when this started and I wondered why they did not have a female’s wrestling team. Maybe this and females playing hockey were the start of all of this-but, we did not see it that way back then.

  • Trevor Rollman says:

    Good reporting Mr Davidson. Thank you.