He’s too good, and that’s too bad. A 13-year-old New York boy who played field hockey growing up in Ireland has been told that after two years as a member of the Southampton High School girls’ team, he is now too skilled to qualify for an exemption allowing him to compete with – and against – girls next season.
Sexism at its worst. If it were a girl being removed from the boy’s team for the same reason N.O.W. would have Gloria Alred screaming at the cameras before you could say Title IX. If playing on the girl’s team is his only option, let the kid play.
“It’s really annoying,” the eighth-grader said in a recent interview. “I’m just 4-foot-8 and 82 pounds, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t be allowed to play. I don’t really care if I’m on a girls’ team or a boys’ team, I just want to play.”
I’m on your side, kid.
- NY boy seeks to remain on girls field hockey squad (miamiherald.com)
- NY boy wants to stay on girls field hockey squad (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- “I just want to play”: Boy banned from the school hockey team… because it’s girls-only (mirror.co.uk)