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Friday, October 21, 2005

Talk About It, Talk About It ...
Ban Boys From Girls' Teams?
A West Chester Area school board member wants not only to exclude boys from girls' field hockey, but cross off the schedule opponents with males. On that mixed-gender list: Coatesville, Conestoga, Great Valley, Frankford and Jenkintown. (Pictured is Tom Brogan of Frankford battling Northeast's Malikava Alexandra.) Read Inquirer article.

"I think it's important to take action before a girl gets seriously hurt by a boy," said Joseph Green Jr., the school board member. His daughter plays goal for the West Chester Henderson team, which has no male players.

"You really have to keep an open mind," a state athletic association official said. "Boys have to be given an equal opportunity." Indeed, that's what a court ruled in 1975. New Jersey's counterpart group, though, bans boys from girls' teams.

What's your take? Which is more unfair: Excluding boys? Or jeopardizing female athletes' opportunities and enthusiasm? Or is "fairness" somehow besides the point?

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