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The Neel situation is as smarmy as it gets with an over-the-top tennis parent bending rules and, even worse, a High School League with no cahonies caving in. Title IX? Throw it out. What about the boy being denied a varsity tennis season because of this utterly classles move? I hope every high school coach who plays Mayo refuses to play her. Her parents should be exported.
How about the boy who wants to play volleyball? Or how about the boy who wants to play girls tennis? Yah, right. Gag.
Probably could have said SOMETHING about the 2 time defending champion, Dusty Boyer, as well. If he wins this year to make it 3, that will be something that hasnt been done since the 1950's, and if I recall only done once ever. A little disrespectful for the only blurb on him in the article to be that he has never beaten Wyatt.
@killshot- agreed- totally a double standard when it comes to boys who might want to play girls sports. I had this experience as a youth hockey association board member years ago. This was back when girls sports were just "ramping up." We tried to build a solid girls program for 2 reasons- 1. it was the right thing to do! It provided an opportunity for more kids to enjoy the sport! 2.(and a distant 2nd) to comply with Title IX. Parents of some of the girls 'pushed, shoved and elbowed' their daughters into the boys programs. Classic cases of 'stage parenting'. Their actions did 2 negative things. 1. Their 'insistance' displaced boys who wanted to play- thus reducing the number of kids playing. 2. Instead of the girls carving a new path and being in a leadership role for those who would follow- they (parents) set the development of the girls programs back about 5-7 years- extremely selfish. By and large, it was 'parent ego' thing so they could tell their friends and co-workers at the 'water cooler', that their daughters were so advanced - they HAD to play hockey with the boys. 'Smarmy' fit the situation. So- either go 'unisex' for all sports and don't have separate boys and girls levels of play or adhere to gender specific play. MSHSL- get some grapes on this one. Transgender? Sensitive toward this situation and their families. But I think those situations will end up in court.
Allowing a girls to play on the boys team is just plain wrong. It might be different if they didn't have girls tennis at the school or something, but this is ridiculous.
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