EXCLUSIVE: IHSAA Requires Students to ‘Identify Gender’ & ‘Sex Assigned at Birth’

Parents Speak Out about Confusing Form
Kinnett, IHSAA, Chalkboard Review

The Indiana High School Athletic Association requires children to complete a “pre-participation physical evaluation form” in order to practice or compete in IHSAA sports and competitions. Information from two parents in Indiana shared with Chalkboard Review revealed that the IHSAA form for 2022 asks students to identify their “Sex assigned at birth (F, M, or intersex)” as well as asking “How do you identify your gender? (F, M, or other).”

Amber Jones, former English teacher at Knightstown Intermediate and mother of two high-school girls at Western Wayne Schools, told Chalkboard Review, “This is why I don’t trust IHSAA to support the dignity of my daughters’ sports teams.”

While more traditional medical questions follow, one section is curiously labeled “Females Only,” and has questions about when and how often female students have their period. It is not specified in this section whether the IHSAA means the “gender” or the “assigned sex at birth” definition of “female.”

Regarding the “Females Only” section about periods, Jones said, “I think they absolutely understand that females have periods, and that males have testicles. This kind of virtue signaling and politics doesn’t belong in athletics—especially for student athletes.”

The bottom of the medical information and history questionnaire containing the gender and sex questions is copyrighted 2019 by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Sports and Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Jones told Chalkboard Review that this information and form was given to her daughters last year as well.

The Indiana Statehouse overrode a veto by Governor Holcomb on HEA 1041, which bans students claiming to be transgender from participating in public school or IHSAA athletic events of the opposite sex, on May 24, 2022. The overriding vote was 67-28.

Chalkboard Review placed a call to the IHSAA to gain more clarity on the dissonance in the form’s expectations.

The IHSAA representative did state that local schools retain the physical data, and that the IHSAA keeps none of it on file. The representative was unable to provide an explanation of the dissonance between the gender identity questions and the “Females Only” section.

When asked what students should fill out, as the “Females Only” box did not specify “gender” or “sex assigned at birth”, she responded, “I would just write on the form whatever gender your child is, I don’t… I guess I don’t…” followed by a pause.

After a question as to whether IHSAA’s motive of changing the form was political, the IHSAA representative informed us she did not wish to continue the conversation and hung up the phone. The IHSAA has since provided no additional comment to Chalkboard Review.

Tony Kinnett
Tony Kinnett is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chalkboard Review. He is an award-winning science teacher, and the former science coordinator and head instructional coach for Indianapolis Public Schools, until he was fired for whistleblowing information concerning the school system's use of racist material. In February, he was appointed the director of the education nonprofit Choice Media, now Chalkboard Media.