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Girls should be accepted on boys’ sports teams

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Artwork by Maddy Mortinson

Maggie Glad, Guest Writer, 6th Grade

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Did you know that more than 7.3 million kids participated in youth sports during 2017? Girls rarely play with boys sports teams, and coaches and sports fans should be more accepting of girls on boys sports teams. Girls have the same athletic ability, girls are as strong or as tall as boys and various laws say that girls should be on the same sports teams if they choose to.

To start, girls are as tall or muscular as boys. If a girl isn’t as strong as a boy, she can train until she is as strong as a boy. Also girls can already be as strong as boys. For instance, Skylar Vetter is a 15-year-old girl from Lakeville. She plays hockey, but for boys. She is a goalie for the Bantam AA team (the best team before high school hockey) for Lakeville North. She has played hockey with boys all through her youth. She has a scholarship to the University of Minnesota for hockey.

Laura Winfield, a cricket star, played with boys all through her youth all the way through high school. Now Laura is one of the greatest cricket stars.  Plus studies show that girls have better endurance, do better under pressure and think faster. For example in many sports athletes have to think quickly. Athletes have to choose whether or not they pass the ball or shoot the ball and women can make decisions very quickly and easily.

Lastly the Sex Discrimination Law says that if a woman has a disadvantage to the average man in any sport or activity it is unlawful. Also the Law of 1972 says that girls should have the same sport opportunities as men.

In conclusion, some think that girls cannot be on boys sports teams because they are not strong enough. But, if girls try they can be as strong as boys. All in all girls should be accepted on the same sports team as boys because they have the same athletic ability as boys, they can be the same height and weight as boys and because of various laws girls should have the same opportunities as men.

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7 Responses to “Girls should be accepted on boys’ sports teams”

  1. Someone you don't know on April 29th, 2018 9:02 pm

    Are you just gonna let join a girl volley ball team? No? That’s what I thought

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  2. Anonymous on May 9th, 2018 12:15 pm

    They’re called BOY and GIRL teams for a reason. Though I respect the effort out into the article, there are already co-ed teams. Boy teams are specific to males for their testosterone level strength. Girl teams are specific to females for their estrogen level strengths.

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  3. Sam on May 11th, 2018 1:58 pm

    I get the idea and everything and it’s a good thing to say why this should happen and all but it just doesn’t work like that. There’s boy teams and there’s girl teams. If you are a male(meaning you have male genitalia if you choose not to identify in that way) you don’t join a girls team. Same goes with both sexes. I’m not against the idea, you just have to put a little bit more logic into it. You could maybe have both male or females on a team together but when there is separate teams with separate genders it doesn’t work that way.

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  4. Olivia on May 17th, 2018 8:02 pm

    Ok I understand all three of these negative comments. Yes there are boys, girls, and coed teams, but some girls might not like those teams, her athletic ability could match better and be more valuable on a ‘boys team’. The one thing all of this negativity towards this article proves is that there is no gender equality. It just proves that no matter how equal we think women’s and men’s rights and opinions are, girls are still confined to a stereotype on what our society has decided.

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    Amelia Reply:

    Then boys should be allowed on girls team if it’s about equality. Although I respect your opinion, if you’re talking equality then maybe what you should be shooting for is neutralizing teams altogether.

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  5. Boy on May 25th, 2018 7:52 am

    Why can’t boys play on girls teams then?

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  6. Boy on May 25th, 2018 7:57 am

    Why can’t boys play girls sports then?

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