Girl’s foot­ball hopes sacked by rules on com­pet­ing with boys

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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