Stay Classy, America!
Chris Erskine, courtesy of the LA Times:
When Sequoyah’s players showed up for Foothill Sports League games, with their ragtag uniforms and a girl at linebacker, the other junior high teams didn’t exactly tremble with fear.
Then the games began and Sequoyah, perhaps buoyed by its free-thinking nature, more likely buoyed by some pretty good talent, trounced the competition.
Before the season was over, Sequoyah would go 8-0. No wait, make that 0-8. Because even though Sequoyah outscored all of its opponents, it was forced to forfeit every game.
The reason? Ella.
13-year old girl wants to play flag football. School team lets her join, and then is informed by the league that if they let her play, they have to forfeit every game. So they vote unanimously to let her play, go undefeated, record 8 forfeits, and miss the playoffs.
At least the next generation isn’t full of complete morons.
You’d think we’d gone beyond this kind of stuff by now. In high school, girls wrestle against boys; they play on tackle teams. At the Super Bowl, a 9-year-old girl — a tackle football sensation from Utah — sat with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Amen to that, Mr. Erskine.
“The league has decided to stay with the status quo, as we offer all genders the opportunity to play basketball, volleyball and flag football,” said Jorge Avila, president of the league.
Foothill Sports League web site is here.