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Pro-Trans Policies Trigger Controversy As NCAA Official Steps Down

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William Bock III, a member of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, resigned in protest over the organization’s transgender athlete policy.

Bock, formerly with the US Anti-Doping Agency, disagreed that testosterone suppression creates a level playing field for male-to-female transgender athletes competing against women.

“Although I may not have agreed with the wisdom of every rule in the NCAA rulebook, I believed the intent behind the NCAA’s rules was competitive fairness and protection of equal opportunities for student-athletes,” Bock wrote. “This conviction has changed as I have watched the NCAA double down on regressive policies which discriminate against female student-athletes.”

His experience in biology and sports physiology convinced him that transgender athletes retain physical advantages from male puberty even after transition, unfairly discriminating against natural-born female athletes.

“There’s a lot of biological development that starts at birth that allows you to maximize testosterone, and those changes that you get through development — they don’t go away,” he wrote. “And you’re going to reduce performance by a small amount if you reduce testosterone levels, but you’re never going to bridge the gap between men and women. And so it’s a ruse to say that testosterone suppression, it’s a level playing field, so it’s not true.”

While the NCAA maintains its policy allows transgender participation, Bock argued it sanctions “massive, essentially authorized, cheating” against women.

Since resigning and publicly explaining his stance, Bock noted the issue generates fear and silence in the NCAA.

“If I’m there in a sport integrity role when there’s massive, essentially authorized, cheating taking place and dramatically harming women — it’s just a contradiction,” Bock said. “I just felt like I couldn’t seem to do that any longer and needed to resign with the hope that maybe [it] will cause other people to look at the issue more closely.”

“I’ve gotten no response from anybody. Which I think probably says a lot about the fear that’s driving silence at academic institutions on this issue,” he said.

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