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.

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?

Krista Madsen October 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The boy mentioned here in Yonkers wanted to play volleyball on the girls team because there wasn't a boys team.
Catherine Golub October 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I think he should be allowed to play and officials should develop some kind of handicap mechanism to counter act the advantages they believe he has. (maybe deduct points) Or schools could work to have more coed sports.
Catherine Golub October 17, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Your implication that playing on a girls team makes him some how less manly is a great way to enforce negative gender stereotypes. It's 2012, not 1950. Get with it.
Arthur Vecchiotti October 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I think that by playing on a girl's team would draw negative attention to him, and now that I hear that he is from Yonkers, negative attention may not be too good.
Brian Krall October 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Boys should NOT be allowed to play girls sports. Though there are certainly many examples of young women being as strong and able as young men, generally boys develope and become stronger and larger in stature and, therefore, generally, more powerful, faster, and much more physical. So I wonder, would boys eventually take over first string line-ups and crowd out girls in their own sports? Is that fair? When girls volleyball, for example, over time becomes open volleyball lead mainly by all boys? Let girls have their sports!


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