Today, I got one from the director of the school informing us of a couple of changes that impact the May tournament. Both of these changes are the result of a new state law -- probably one that someone believed would protect people.
The first change is that every participant, or at least everyone sparring, must either have a physical in the last year in which they are cleared for this kind of activity, or have a physical from a physician on site. This seems to apply to everyone from the 4-year-olds (at least if it covers non-sparring classes, very few at that are spar yet) up through the teenagers and into adults.
Second, every woman 18 and older who is sparring must have a pregnancy test the day of the tournament, and the physician must read the test and clear them to compete.
Now, I believe that anyone participating in heavy physical activity probably should check with their doctor to make sure that they don't have a hidden condition that could kill them before they start, and it probably isn't a good idea for women who are expecting to spar. But, I don't really like the government both requiring that this be done, and requiring that the organizers of the tournament -- in this case the school -- check all of this documentation before the tournament.
I'd be relieved that I won't have to deal with this (and pay for an extra physical or two), except for the fact that if California doesn't have a similar law already, it is only a matter of time before we have one.