It's Different for Girls

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Boys, girls and fairness: The court can fix a rule that hurts female athletes

pac_i9sports040309b_62796cThe Pittsburgh Gazette reports:

“Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. But when girls and boys come out to play, it’s the adults who make matters complicated. Commonwealth Court has a chance to correct a long-ago decision that contributed to an unusual problem.

It scarcely makes sense, but high school boys can play on girls’ sports teams in Pennsylvania if the sport is offered only for girls. The best example is field hockey, a game that is popular for males in other countries but not in the United States.

A survey sent by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to 1,470 member schools (and to which half the schools responded) found that 38 schools had boys playing on girls’ field hockey teams.

Fourteen schools reported boys on girls’ volleyball teams, eight had boys playing girls’ lacrosse and five had boys playing girls’ soccer; boys were also playing on girls’ teams in a few other sports. An additional 163 schools had boys on unspecified girls’ sports teams. In total, more than 30 percent of the responding schools had a boy playing on a girls’ team.”

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This entry was posted on May 11, 2013 by in Inequality.
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