Where Girls Stand in Sports

By Lara Rhatigan

Where Girls Stand in Sports

Girls vs. Boys: Should girls be allowed to play on boys' teams?

Can you imagine? - Joanne wants to play football, her favorite sport. She has been practicing all year for upcoming tryouts. But with no girls team or league, she can not play. Even though Joanne has been practicing as hard as she can, she still cannot play. But there maybe a solution! Joanne wants to play with the boys on the boys' team. After all, she did practice as hard as some of the boys!

Allowing girls to play on boys' teams has many benefits including providing girls with opportunities and a chance to play.

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What would it feel like, to have your daughter not be able to play her favorite sport because the girls' team was taken away and boys felt uncomfortable playing or competing against a girl in a sport on the same team? In the article "Should my daughter play for a girls' team or a boys' team?", it is stated that "prior to puberty, there is no gender-based physiological reason to separate females and males in sports competition". In fact, before the ages of 11-12 (or whenever a child shall reach puberty), girls and boys do not differ significantly in physiological appearances and parameters such as height, weight, fat-free mass, girth, bone width and skin fold thickness. When boys and girls go to play each other after puberty, the teams can be organized by the skill of each player. The text "Should my daughter play for a girls' team or a boys' team?", the author explains that "Competition groupings should be organized around skill and experience. Girls and boys possessing similar skills should be playing each other and against teams consisting of boys and girls who are similarly skilled". Also in the text, "Contact Sports - Girls and Contact Sports", it is stated that the "risks in contact have nothing to do with gender and more to do with the coaches coach in experiences and the experience that child has has in that sport". These can help both boys and girls who have gone through puberty play together on one team without feeling awkward about playing or competing.

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Can you imagine? You want to play your favorite sport ever, and then you find out that there is no girls or women's league to play on? In the article "Making an Informed Decision About Girls' Participation on Boys' Teams it is stated that the girls' teams "do not receive as many resources as the boys' team and there are many opportunities for talented athletes to compete in boys' league". This is unfair to female athletes because when no female team exists for a sport, girls and women should have the same right to play on a boys' team. What if a girls has a dream to get a scholarship in football and play for her school? If there is no team for girls, she should be allowed to play on the boys' team so her dream can come true. Though in some countries like Canada, the "CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity) and other organizations are working hard to ensure that all Canadian girls and women can play on female teams, the same benefits and opportunities." ("Making An Informed Decision About Girls' Participation on Boys' Teams"). With this organizations help, girls everywhere may hope to change the minds of coaches and organizations everywhere to allow girls on boys' teams. We can help make that girls' dream of playing football come true!

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It might seem that some boys play really hard and can injure some girls.

However, there aren't any reasons why girls can't play as hard as the boys do. After all, girls are becoming a little more competitive than they used to be.

Girls playing on boys' teams can give girls what the deserve, to play a sport that they enjoy. (Even when the is no female league!) Persuade coaches and parents to make it happen! Sign girls up for the boys' team! Allowing girls to play on boys' teams can give girls the benefits of providing them with opportunities and a chance to play.

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