In Massachusetts, United States, males are permitted to play in female field hockey competitions if there is no male team to play on. This policy has led to disastrous consequences for a female opponent who had her teeth smashed out by a male player.
The man’s shot knocked several of the girl’s teeth out and caused serious facial injuries. Video of the hit shows the girl writhing in pain and screaming.
The co-captain of the girls team for Dighton-Rehoboth High School, Kelsey Bain, has published a letter calling for a revision of the policy. Bain notes the scientific, observable differences between male and female athletes and calls for a male division in the sport to accommodate boys who wish to play.
“I am sure school districts can institute co-op teams to create further opportunities for males to play in their own division, which I assume you are already aware of because, under rule 34 of the MIAA handbook, there is a division for boys’ field hockey listed under the Fall Sports category.
“You have a chance to change the negative publicity the MIAA has been receiving due to the incident that happened on Thursday night by moving forward with the proposal for a seven versus seven boys league.”
Dighton-Rehoboth Superintendent Bill Runey responded to the horrific situation, stating:
“Last night, a female field hockey player for the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School girls’ field hockey team sustained significant facial and dental injuries when she was struck in the face by a shot in the third quarter versus Swampscott in an MIAA state playoff contest.
“The shot was taken by a male member of the Swampscott girls field hockey team. This injury required hospitalization. The player, her family, teammates, and coaches remain in my prayers.”
This situation was completely avoidable. No male should ever be included in a female sporting division. There are separate categories for good reasons. It is not fair or safe to have males participate in female divisions.
You can read the full statement by Kelsey Bain here:
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