Girl’s football hopes sacked by rules on competing with boys
Alison Rogers raced across the field, a touchdown-saving tackle in her line of sight.
It was her favorite moment of the season she spent playing middle school football. Rogers, a cornerback from Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, brought a boy to the ground and a crowd to its feet. “All of the parents went insane,” she said.
Now Alison can’t get on the field at all. The issue isn’t her ability to compete with boys. It’s whether she should be allowed.
New York State rules governing mixed gender competition require an extra physical fitness performance test for girls, clear in their intent but not in their application. Alison, 13, declined to repeat it this year and has been prevented from rejoining her teammates.
The dispute has highlighted an unusual tension between bureaucratic rules designed to protect students while giving girls the chance to play traditionally maledominated sports.