Since there isn't another option, should the rules be bent? Which is more important, the law concering the equal playing opportunity for both sexes, or the fact that he (I'm guesing) really is much better than his teammates/opposite team members?
I think he is out of luck. If there isn't a boys team in his area, then he can't play.
It might not be a big deal if he continues with the girls this year, but what about next year or in three years? There has to be a cut off at some point and whenever it is will be hard.
I have no problem with him playing on the team. I don't see a rash of boys suddenly flocking to field hockey, especially as they would have no collegiate opportunities with it within the US.
I played on the boys tennis team in high school, because I played field hockey in the fall and winter (it was my priority over tennis, I went on to play in college) and that is when girls tennis was. There was no girls tennis in the spring, so I was allowed to try out for, and made, the boys team. I recognize that tennis is more of an individual sport, but none the less, as someone who crossed the gender line, I can't fault others for wanting to do the same. This sport is something that this child grew up with as part of his culture, he isn't doing this for some thrill seeking thing or to prove anything. If the alternative is to disband the women's team, that is ridiculous.
Would they kick off a woman who was "too good" or would she simply be looked at as an asset to the team? Playing with better players makes everyone better. That is a bonus, not a negative.
Last edited by Potter75; 04-26-2012 at 04:00 PM.
ITA with Potter, this is a team sport, one better player can make the entire team better. Let the kid play.
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Individual sports are totally different because each person is playing on their own merit. His team might be happy to have him to improve the team, but the teams they play against might see things differently.
But, yes, as the rule currents stands they have to let him play.
Kris, I disagree that a man/boy playing an individual sport on a womans team like tennis is more fair. A man is going to have a huge advantage.
When my brother played football they had girls on the team, but the rules also stated they could only play until 7 or 8 on the boys team for whatever reason. If there are no rules that govern ages like this then that boy in question should be allowed to play
When I was in school there was 1 girl on the hs football team, 1 boy on the girls volleyball team, and 1 girl on the wrestling team. I think it is fine for genders to mix when there is not the same sport offered for each gender.
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OT: When I was in HS we had to do a 3-week unit on all the different sports for PE. Field hockey was the one thing I loved! I wish we had had a team or something other than the 3 weeks.