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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?

Aidan October 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
What's good for the goose is good for the gander. That's equality. And that's what you thought it should like like.. So ... there's no debate. At all.
Maggie October 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I don't think it is wrong fundamentally, but boys in high school are usually taller and heavier. That makes it unfair for the competition. I wouldn't think it were fair if my daughter was playing on an opposing team. There are usually fewer teams for girls so they do not have as many opportunities to play. This is why some schools have allowed girls to play on boys' teams.

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