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Boy denied chance to compete on HS girls gymnastics squad

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by bigpern23, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member


    The courts couldn't force the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association to let him play because it is not an arm of the state government.

    The WIAA should have done the right thing, though, and let him play. His school didn't have a boys team, so he wanted to compete with the girls. The WIAA should have wiped its rule that boys can't compete on girls teams off the books.

    It also should have made him wear the unitard, like boys who play on field hockey teams have to wear the skirts. :)
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Fuckin' Title IX. (j/k, Cadet :D)
  3. Kritter47

    Kritter47 Member

    Does this have something to do with gender, or with the fact that boys' gymnastics (floor w/no music, pommell horse, vault, rings, high bar, p-bars) has very different requirements from girls' gymnastics (floor w/music, parallel bars, beam, vault)? I mean, he sued based on Title IX and they denied him based on a WIAA rule, but if it were a different sport with the same rules for each team, I think he would have had a much better case.

    Now if he's campaigned for the right to be able to compete alongside them at meets where there would be boys' teams to compete against, I'd buy that. But they're very different sports.
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I'm a bit confused by this. If the court can rule that the WIAA isn't subject to the court's jurisdiction and Title IX, because the WIAA isn't an arm of the state government, then how are these state interscholastic athletic associations subject to Title IX at all? Let's say the WIAA didn't allow a girl to play a sport and she sued. Would they then rule against her, using the same reasoning?
  5. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    No that there's anything wrong with that
  6. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    My brief thoughts:

    Title IX is about the opportunity to participate. This boy should not have been denited the opportunity to participate. Most Title IX supporters would agree.

    WIAA is not subject to legal action if they do not accept federal funding (I don't know if they do or not). The schools, which do, are subject to it. If ever a private school exists which accepted zero dollars in federal funding (even for non-athletic things, such as capital improvements or research grants), it would not be subject to Title IX.

    There is the issue that male gymnasts compete in different elements than female gymnasts. It is a legitimate concern. This is where the administrators need to suck it up and get creative. If the male wishes to compete in the traditionally-female elements, let him. If not, figure out a way to score things like the pommel horse in competition.
  7. Kaylee

    Kaylee Member

    There is a legal argument that contends that since high school activities governing bodies impact public schools, they are therefore subject to government action.
  8. armageddon

    armageddon Active Member

    No federal funds of which I know. But I find it a bit sad that the same organization allows females to wrestle and celebrates their achievements.

    The kid should have been allowed to compete. His school has no boys gymnastics team.
  9. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing he would have skipped the balance beam.
  10. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Something doesn't seem right here.

    In this case, the courts say the WIAA isn't under their jurisdiction.

    But in Michigan, courts have ruled that the MHSAA must switch sports seasons (namely girls basketball and volleyball) to comply with Title IX. That case is under several appeals.

    But it just seems strange that in one state, the court doesn't take jurisdiction and another, they do. MHSAA doesn't take any federal funds either.
  11. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    A thought: if the WIAA continues to ban this boy from competition (a moot point, since I'm assuming he has graduated), the school or school district should take legal action against the WIAA, because the state association is putting the school at risk for litigation.

    The boy should have sued the district, not the state association, because he would have gotten farther. The school district could legitimately be found in violation of Title IX. In turn the district should have applied pressure or sued the association to change its policy. They would have had the backing of other districts once it was realized they were all at risk for litigation.
  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    The kid's lawyer will bend over backwards to make sure he is treated fairly.
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