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Old Jan 29th, 2008, 02:53 PM   #1
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Belong to a Non-Profit Sports Association. This association requires runners to run in nationally approved age brackets (5 year increments, i.e, 20-24,
40-44 etc up to 100). They have recently change the brackets for senior athletes only, and now dump everyone 60 and above into a bracket all its own 60-99. All other age brackets remain in 5 year increments. ISN'T THIS AGE DISCRIMINATION? or Violation of one's individual constitutional rights?
or A rule that is being applied in arbitray or capricious manner?

There seems there is NO rational basis for discriminatory age bracket dumping, let alone ONLY against senior athletes. It is also a violation of their
own rules/brackets.

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Old Jan 31st, 2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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That is not normally illegal.

--but why is that a problem and could you discuss the problem with the group to see if changes can be made?
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Age dumping pits athletes against each other i.e., all athletes 60 to 100
now compete against each other for awards and race recognition. A level playing field is where competitors compete only against others that fall in
they respective age bracket (60-64,65-69,70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-90, 90-94, and 95 to 100).

Every amatuer athleteic association has brackets that run from 18 years and are in 5 year increments (up to 100). Why would any senior athlete enter a race where he would be pitted against athletes that could be literally 30 years his junior.

This certainly would not make a level playing field. The club doing this states
they do this because not enough senior athletes participate. When in truth,
if they made the playing field level, then the senior athletes would compete.
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