Playing with the Boys

The New York Times published a story last week about a girl in Manhattan who plays on her school’s boys tennis team.  Apparently if a school doesn’t offer a sport for girls, it must allow them to try out for a spot on the boys team.  Although there seems to have been some controversy over this girl playing on the tennis team (it would throw her opponents off their games, etc), I can think of a much more unnerving situation.  When I was in high school, there was a girl named Sunny who wrestled for her independent school.  With the boys.  Obviously wrestling is much more of a contact sport than tennis.  Any thoughts on the appropriateness of this?  Is a sport a sport?  Or should a line be drawn somewhere?


3 Responses to Playing with the Boys

  1. Karen says:

    If a school or community does not offer a girls team in a particular sport, a girl should be able to play with the boys. Here in Los Angeles, girls can play on a boys t-ball or baseball team. Girls have a softball league here but if a girl wants to play baseball, she plays with the boys. I have also heard girls playing football with the boys on a high school team because there were no teams for girls. Are these girls an exception to the rule? Possibly. But all should be fair in school and sports. Let her play!

  2. Eric says:

    Why must we have separate teams for boys and girls, let them all play on the same team? Than its all fair and equal.

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