A friend of mine directed me to this article and asked for my opinion. It’s about an amendment to an Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) policy about female students playing for male sports teams.
The former policy allowed girls to try out for boys’ teams when there were no girls’ teams available for a particular sport. Now — after a human rights complaint — female high school athletes can try out for any boys’ teams, as of this fall.
The topic suggestion comes at an interesting time in my otherwise non-athletic life. I just signed up for a co-ed, recreational soccer league in my community (under the condition that we get to drink beer after and no one gets mad if I score on my own team). I start next week!
Back to my opinion. I have to say, I am not familiar with the sports community, let alone what it’s like to be a female who feels she needs a better challenge. My initial thought is that by wanting to play with guys, you’re acknowledging that they are better at sports and thus undermining female sports. Having said that, maybe the guys teams *do* represent a higher level of competition.
Are co-ed teams an option? Or would that, again, cheapen the competition level? Are physical contact sports to be treated the same way if both males and females play together? (Not that I don’t think women can handle contact. I went to Barrie Central Collegiate and our girls’ rugby players were fierce).
The human rights violation claim seems a little over the top, but what do I know?
Perhaps, instead of my blind-guide opinion, you can tell me what you think.