Should Girls Play Sports With Boys [POLL]
We recently unglued ourselves from our televisions after watching countless hours of Olympic games. Men’s Swimming, Women’s Track and Field, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Beach Volleyball, and a lot more! Why are all the sports divided by gender? Do we still live in a world where guys and girls can’t play together? I can understand that in a sport like football or wrestling it could get a bit uncomfortable for participants and viewers at times…but what is the real reason we have boys and girls teams and not all teams coed? Is it because one gender may not be as good at it as another? That can’t be the case because I know of girls who are better at soccer than some of the boys on my kid’s team.
Separating them seems to only hurt the kids. The really good players can’t get any better because they don’t have any competition and the ones who aren’t any good give up and feel bad for themselves.
Does a ball care who hits, kicks, or throws it? No.
That is the exact problem that 16-year-old golfer Sierra Harr of Buhl is facing, as pointed out by mail.com.
In 2012, only three girls turned out for Castleford’s girls’ squad, one too few to field a formal team. Rather than play as an individual, Harr, the No. 3 female golfer in Idaho in her age group with a 2.2 handicap, won the Idaho High School Activities Association’s permission to play with Castleford’s boys’ team provided she qualified every week.
So, they let her play until they realized she was good enough to keep up with the boys, and then it became a problem?!
Nothing’s been decided, either, adds association president Greg Bailey. “We try to look at things from a fairness perspective, fairness for that individual athlete as well as fairness for the other athletes involved. The question is, is she bumping out a boy? And if she wins in the competition, did she bump out a boy in the other school district?”
Why would that matter if they get bumped out by a boy or a girl? If they get bumped, then they are not good enough to win anyways!
Sierra wrote to the school association “The mental mind set a golfer gains from golfing for a team cannot be replaced. The boys on my team treated me as an equal, and if any of my competitors disapproved of my golfing with the boys, they were gracious enough to keep their opinions to themselves and treated me with respect. The only negative reactions I received were from a few opposing coaches.”
Should more sports be coed?
Quotations and Story Via mail.com