School Sports Gender inclusion

Don't Hate, Don't Separate!

Destroyed Dreams

There are girls everywhere who want to play sports with the boys. But many can't. Some coaches refuse to have girls on their team just because of their gender. While the guys play football and hockey, the girls stand on the sides cheerleading.

Title IX

Title IX is a document that was signed by President Richard Nixon during his term in 1972. This document was supposed to let all girls play on boys teams. Progress has definitely been made, but school sports teams are still separated by gender. You should be able to tell that Title IX still needs work because many people have never heard of it. We should at least find ways to fix this issue in the United States, for we have the power to be inclusive.



Peer Expectation

Not everything is the coach's fault. Some things are chosen by the students, even if they truly do not want to play the sport. Their peers might think that a certain way is normal, and the student wants to please them, or not be considered, "weird." More boys follow peer expectations because typically, boys are known to play rough sports. If they don't, they might appear weak to others. But when a girl tries to play a rough sport, at least some people cheer her on.

Coach Refusal

As I mentioned earlier, some of the gender separation in sports is influenced by the coach of the team. They could have reasoning to it, but I think equality is very important, even in small school sports programs. It is unfair to leave people out of anything. Coaches can turn down anyone that doesn't meet their requirements or standards.


Sam Gordon

Samantha Gordon is a nine year old girl who is in love with football. Many people probably look at her and think, "Oh, what a cute little girl." Then they see her crush the boys in football. Sam Gordon is a great example of why both girls and boys should be able to integrate their sports teams.

-My Interview With Ava Arends-

Q: How do you feel about students being discriminated in sports based on gender?

A: I believe that you should be able to play whatever sport you want no matter who you are, and the genders can work together.

Q: Do you think we can change gender discrimination? If so, how?

A: I think you can change it by either creating petitions, or telling people about the problem. You could also have a little more parent involvement in the programs.

How can girls and boys collaborate to make a winning team?

By working with each other instead of against each other. Each person has different skills that can be awesome if they practice with everyone else.


School sports are games most teens like to play. Especially middle school and high school teens. Sports are distractions from the homework and pressure of school, and some teams refuse to have people on their team just because of their gender. I think all students shall play whatever sport they want no matter shape, size, color, or gender. The only exception would be if their grades were dropping.

In most schools, the guys play the rough and tough sports, like football, and the girls either play volleyball, perform cheerleading, or don’t play a sport at all. Some of those scenarios are sensible student choices. Others are from cruel, heartbreaking discrimination by strict coaches or bullies.

People should think of Sam Gordon, the nine-year-old girl who amazingly crushed boys in football. She didn’t need tricks to beat them, for she had pure skill. This shows girls can be just as tough as guys. But that doesn’t mean boys aren’t as good at playing sports as girls. They may be different, but both genders have skills. When they work as a team, they combine strength and speed to be sure to win. Also, exercise improves learning and memory, which are needed for school. Sports relieve pressure that students face in school with homework. They also improve teamwork and leadership skills. If girls had the ability to play sports, they might do better in school.

I know some people are critics, and they always find something wrong with different situations. Those people probably would predict that girls are horribly weak, or not hardworking. But if girls were weak, wouldn’t they have already given in to not playing? That goes for being hardworking, too. Also, little Samantha Gordon showed many people that girls don’t always give in easily.

Although people are constantly trying to prove people that girls are not physically strong enough to play sports, girls are constantly firing back. They try as hard as they can to show anyone who doubts them that they can do whatever they want. Eventually, people will believe in them, and girls will be allowed to play with the boys if they choose to. This proves that when you have the motive to do something, anything is possible, no matter who you are.


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