The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 21, 2014

Student Voice: Keep boys out of field hockey

Would you want your daughter playing field hockey against a 6-foot male who weighs 200 pounds? In the past year, the PIAA has been reconsidering the rule that allows boys to play on girls’ high school teams.

In August, a couple from Pittsburgh asked a judge to overturn the 1975 state court ruling due to the competitive balance that boys destroy and the safety issues they propose in their daughter’s field hockey games. They state the boys attract student spectators that “mockingly cheer them on.”

If schools continue to allow boys to play, they could take a girl’s starting position. “It’s not a joke to the girl who is sitting on the bench, not playing, not getting a varsity letter, or whose team is losing because of the boys playing on the opposing team,” the couple wrote.

I have been playing field hockey since seventh grade, and I personally have the experience of playing against a boy. They are naturally stronger than females, and they tend to create dangerous situations, especially if they aren’t very skilled, or possess exceptional skill. Now that I am in high school, the boys can be bigger, stronger, and faster which can create more of an injury risk to smaller females.

There are many other sports that boys have the opportunity to play. They shouldn’t be allowed to take a spot on a girl’s field hockey team. If enough males want to play, they should create a high school men’s field hockey team.

The NCAA doesn’t allow boys to play on girls’ teams, so why should the PIAA?

Megan Keeney,

Selinsgrove High School


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