A superintendent in Massachusetts is calling for a change in state rules after a young girl’s teeth were knocked out during a field hockey game by a male player’s shot.
THE Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association allows both men and women to participate in sports of the other sex if this is not made available to them – thus, a man can participate in field hockey, which is generally a women’s sport.
The incident took place during a playoff game between Swampscott High School and Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School earlier this week. A girl on the Dighton-Rehoboth team suffered “significant facial and dental injuries” that “required hospitalization” after shooting a Swampscott man in the face.
Today, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District Superintendent Bill Runey is calling for change a rule which has existed since the 1970s.
“While I understand that the MIAA has guidelines in place for mixed participation under Section 43 of its manual, this incident greatly amplifies many people’s concerns regarding player safety,” he said. he declares. via Washington Times.
“Seeing the horror in the eyes of our players and coaches as they greeted their bus last night is proof to me that there needs to be a renewed approach from the MIAA to protect the safety of our athletes,” he said. he also declared.
The MIAA cites the Massachusetts Equal Rights Amendment, passed in 1976, which discriminates on the basis of sex; it was extended to school sports three years later.
The MIAA said it “understands” the safety concerns, but wanting inclusion won out.
“We respect and understand the complexity and concerns that exist regarding student safety. However, student safety has not been an effective defense for excluding students of one gender from participation on teams of that gender opposed,” the MIAA said in a statement. “Arguments usually fail due to the lack of correlation between injuries and mixed teams.”