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Should Boys Be Allowed to Play Girls' Sports?

A Yonkers boy loses the ability to play on the girls' volleyball team; Patch wants your opinion.

 

Who made the varsity squad, and who got cut, isn't the zenith of high school athletics controversy anymore.

Instead, it's a difficult question: should boys be allowed to play on girls' sports teams? And vice versa?

The latest controversial installment comes out of Yonkers High School. Jenson Daniels, the only male to play on the school's otherwise all-female volleyball team, has been cut from the squad.

But it has more to do with gender than athleticism.

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The 17-year-old senior was told by state officials he couldn't play this season; he performed too well on the physical exam and was deemed too strong, according to reports by CBS News.

Yonkers High School has no boys volleyball team. And while Jenson is off the floor for the time being, he's battling in court to regain his spot on the squad.

Earlier this year, Patch readers sounded off on the converse—a girl playing second base on a boys' baseball team.

Patch wants to know: should mixed-gender sports be allowed in high schools if there's no other solution? Or does it upset the game?

Lori October 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
If a student qualifies, they should be allowed to play. Talent or skill level should be the only determining factor as to team composition - regardless of gender.
Dario Martinez October 18, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Girls Volleyball,not unisex. People today want everything their way. If all the other teams follow the rules, why should he get special treatment?
Rob Randolph October 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
you want equality ? then yes
Brenda Hughes October 19, 2012 at 02:22 PM
what about the rights of everyone else? When girls on the other teams joined, they expected to be playing against other girls. Rules are rules. High schools can't offer everything to everyone. Does every school have a swim team, ski team, etc? Or what about a certain academic interest that the school doesn't provide education for? This is life. Let's not turn it into discrimination.
Bradley H January 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM
It's not a unisex team as long as a boy is wearing the team uniform and is a player. It isn't a case of "people" wanting everything their way, in this case it's a specific young man wanting equal rights. The same set of equal rights that girls enjoy and guarantee them the right to play "boys" little league baseball, football, and even ice hockey. would your opinion be different if this story involved a girl going out for the boys wrestling team even if there was no girls team available for them to try out for and play? Would your opinion be different if this specific student wore a bra instead of having facial hair?

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