There has been a complaint filed against school districts that states "that the school districts discriminate against female students by not offering them the same opportunities to play school sports as are offered to boys.
This complaint includes Pasco, Columbia-Burbank, Kiona-Benton, Walla Walla, Moses Lake, Royal, Wahluke and Washtucna.
According to the WIAA, which governs sports in Washington, the following sports and activities are offered.
In the fall: Football, volleyball, cross country (boys and girls), soccer (girls and 1B/2B boys) and swimming and diving (girls).
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In the winter: Basketball (boys and girls), bowling (girls), gymnastics (girls), swimming and diving (boys) and wrestling (boys and girls)
In the spring: Baseball, golf (boys and girls), soccer (boys), softball, tennis (boys and girls), track and field (boys and girls).
Other activities, which are all open to boys and girls: Cheer, dance/drill team (Sunnyside’s best dance team members during football season were the guys), drama, forensics and music.
By my count, 10 sports for boys, plus the other activities. For the girls, 12 sports (they have bowling and gymnastics that the boys don’t) and other activities. If anything, the boys are on the short end of the stick here.
The complaint doesn't give specifics and the schools didn't even know there was an issue until they received a letter. Have a complaint? Talk to the school before crying foul over Title IX. They want to know how many boys and girls are signed up for sports. You can't make kids play. If in a school of 600 students (300 boys and 300 girls), there are 100 boys participating in sports and just 70 girls, why should the school be punished?
If at one of the listed schools a sport has been eliminated for lack of interest, how is that the school's fault? You field teams where there is interest. There are very few schools with gymnastics. You have to have specific equipment and mats, and schools aren't going to spend thousands of dollars for one or two girls. You have to have enough athletes per sport to be competitive. You can field a volleyball team with six girls, but you will not have anyone on the bench, and an injury could force forfeits.
Girls have been participating in non-traditional sports like wrestling for years. Girls play football, though most not past middle school because the boys are much bigger, faster and stronger by the time they are 16-18. The doors are open, walk on in.
I am all for Title IX, but the way I see it, the opportunities are there, the girls just have to choose to participate.