With the Coach Dave Van Horn’s 26-5 Razorbacks baseball team ranked No. 1 nationally and Coach Courtney Deifel’s 33-5 Razorbacks women’s softball team ranked No. 10 nationally, the UA has put in bids for each to host NCAA Regional Tournaments.
However Arkansas’ state legislature passed a statewide law banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports simultaneous to the NCAA taking public heat for not matching equal weight- training facilities at the San Antonio sites for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament sites in Indianapolis.
Arkansas Idaho Mississippi and Tennessee have passed laws banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports opening questions regarding possible discrimination.
“We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them,” the Board of Governors was quoted in a statement regarding NCAA bids in general. “When determining where championships are held, NCAA policy directs that only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.
“We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants.”
Joe Steinmetz, the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus, in a statement said, ““As an educational institution, the University of Arkansas continually strives to make the world a better place through inquiry, discovery, learning. It should be evident that we stand firm against, and prohibit, all forms of discrimination and harassment, and as such, have concerns about recent legislation that has impacts on the LGBTQ community.These policies affect our campus community and can be hurtful to many. We believe that the world is better when we work together, care for one another, and intentionally seek to lift one another, so that all feel a sense of belonging.”