retired asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

Girls playing High School Football / guys playing on girls teams?

to start: I haven't been in H.S. for years, and my school didn't even have football.

I'm also not a volleyball fan....but it's a good example

I'm just looking for some opinions since i just saw a question regarding this.

Lets say a school lets a girl play football.

This school doesn't have a guys volleyball team.

Don't they have to let guys play on the girls volleyball team?

what arguments could you make for/against it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    This type of issue is something I've thought about for a while, actually ever since women have been trying to qualify for mens golf tournaments. For example, Michelle Wie, I do not believe she should be given the right to play in all those mens tournaments she has been playing. She has not proven to play to the caliber required in order to compete in a mens event. Now I do however feel if a woman goes through qualifying, she deserves the right to play. If a man is not good enough to play on the PGA Tour, but yet is good enough to play on the womans tour, should he be allowed to play? That is what I struggle with! What do you do about a woman who was once a man and wants to play on the womans golf tour?

    As far as your question, I believe if a woman is physically capable to compete and play against the men there should be nothing stopping her. But what is there for a man to do in the reverse situation? You bring up a good point with the volleyball issue. Men technically get screwed in this situation and I know people will say for years men received all the benenfits and had all the sports, I agree, but times have changed. The other problem faced for the girls is handling all the jerks out there who can't handle it and for the guys to handle the ridicule of playing a "girls" sport.

    Excellent topic!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    Wow great question. To start in high school I played on the same freshman team as the first girl ever to play football in my school. She wasn't treated differently then any other player, and once she had a helmut and pads on it was nearly impossible to tell her sex.

    The opposite however, brings up a very interesting legal question. Naturally people want to say no, since guys are more athletic than girls giving them an unfair advantage. However, i'm not sure legally, the school can stop males from participating without have a male volleyball team.

  • 1 decade ago

    Equality must be by it's definition equal for all.

    If they let a girl play on a guys team they must let a guy play on a girls team. I'm no lawyer but a good one would win either argument.

    But what we must ask ourselves is where will the line be drawn. Must that boy playing on the girls volleyball team share the same locker room and showers with his team mates? Can his teammates file for sexual harassment when he pats their butt in congratulations on a play?

    We open ourselves up to a never ending world of trouble when we try to gender neutralize our kids. When we tell them that boys are no different from girls. HELLO look in the mirror people boys ARE different from girls.

    Does that mean that boys should get more out of life than girls? no.... but should we say that girls should get more than boys because they are girls? no as well.

    Being a Christian I am having a hard time not bringing creation and God's plan for the family into all this, but, it is so vitally important that we keep the sexes separated. Not one dominating the other but realizing our differences, celebrating those and acknowledging that men and women need each other to be men and women.

    Sorry I'll get off my soap now now!

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe the way the law about equality in HS sports works (at least this is how our athletic director explained it to us in high school) is that schools do not have to offer the exact same sports to both boys and girls, they just have to offer the same number of sports each season/semester to both boys and girls. But your point is valid, if they allow a girl to play football or wrestle (another example) they should let boys play volleyball. The argument there being that you don't have an "equal" sport for girls AND you let the girl play football or wrestle, therefore the boy should have the same opportunity with volleyball. But if the school is not and/or will not allow a girl to play a boys only sport, a boy would not really have a legal case to be allowed on a girls only team.

    Many schools have co-ed teams. Tennis, swimming, track, golf and soccer are all examples of common co-ed HS sports teams. There are lots of reasons for doing this, not having enough of one gender to make a competitive team or to save money on coaching staff, being some very common ones. I think volleyball would certainly be a good candidate as a co-ed team.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    This is how my athletic director explained it to me:(Illinois High School sports), (it might be different in other states):

    Girls can play football.

    Boys can play volleyball.

    If the football team makes it to the play offs, the girl can play, because IHSA doesn't officially have a girl football team league/play offs.

    If the volleyball team makes it to the play offs, the boy cannot play, because IHSA recognizes Boys Volleyball as a sport and has official play offs. My school just doesn't offer it as a sport.

  • 1 decade ago

    This is just a question for arguments sake. Males are naturally faster and stronger than females. Yes, you have some girls that are faster than some guys, but I would say 95% of the time the isn't the case.

    Now, if a girl is good enough to play of a guys team, then let her. But also take in the fact that she has to take the same hits in football, run the same sprints in basketball, and so on. So if she gets hurt or injured don't come back and try to place blame on the guys.

    Now for a guy on a girls team, that's just plain ridiculous and plus I doubt there would be any guys willing to go through the embarrassment of that. Get real, ask a lagetiment question!!

  • 1 decade ago

    There was actually a kid in my high school who played field hockey with the girls' team. He was the goalie, and obviously he was quite good. However, he never made all conference or all state, and my assumption is that it was because he is a guy. Anyway, these kinds of things do happen, it is just more rare because it's not a situation most guys would want.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    girls playing high school football guys playing girls teams

  • Korey
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    You know they should, but they would say it isn't fair because on average boys are more physically strong (no offense to women. Depending on what kind of shape the guy is in it could be very uneven. Girls are allowed to play football (sometimes), and thats cool or w/e, but most of the time girls are kickers, and aren't something like offensive linemen or running backs or anything. My highschool had a female kicker, and there was no boys volleyball team. If a guy tried to join then that would totally not happen. Also a guy tried to get on the cheerleading team (and he wasn't even in it to be around women, 'cause he was homosexual) and they wouldn't let him.

  • Ebonie
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Give ém hell, girl. If they can't find a spot for you as a WR, ask the defensive coach if you can try for a spot as a cornerback, or safety. If you can run, jump, have good hands, and can take a hit, then I see no reason why you wouldn't excel at either of those positions. If you get any hassles about it, sue the school until they give you a chance to prove that you're the best choice for the position. Go get ém.

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