The other day, I listened to several reporters on NBC’s Today show whining because it appeared that a certain boys’ basketball team was going to be excluded from a national tournament because it had a girl on its roster. This girl who is part of a basketball team for 10-year-old boys is supposedly one of its best players. The tournament directors have since reversed their decision and allowed that team to play in the tournament. However, should girls really be allowed to play on boys’ sports teams? I say the answer the answer is no.
But, first, let’s settle something once and for all. When it comes to sports that require any kind of physical prowess, girls can’t compete with boys, and women can’t compete with men. That’s why there are separate sports teams for boys and girls, and for men and women. If that little girl is indeed one of the best players on that boys’ basketball team, then they surely have no chance of winning that tournament. They will probably be one of the first teams to be eliminated.
As good as the undefeated national champion Connecticut women’s basketball team is, they could not beat the worst team in men’s Division I college basketball. The Connecticut women wouldn’t even able to make the game close. Likewise, the worst team in the NBA would crush the best team in the WNBA. The best female golfer in the world wouldn’t even be able to make the cut at The Masters. And despite the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King debacle of the 1970’s, the worst current male tennis pro could easily beat the best current female tennis pro. Keep in mind that Riggs was 55 and had long retired when he lost to King, who was just 29 and still at the height of her career.
So, you see, the whole point of having sports leagues and divisions that are separated by gender and age is to allow women, children, and older people a chance to compete. Otherwise, young adult males would dominate everything. Now, going back to the original question of whether a girl should be allowed to play on boys’ sports teams, I would counter by asking if boys should be allowed to play on girls’ sports teams. Should a WNBA team, for example, be allowed to sign Lebron James? Should a women’s college basketball team able to sign up a top male high school recruit?
Most people would answer no to the above questions. However, many of those same respondents would say it’s okay for a girl to play on a boys’ sports team or a woman to play on a men’s sports team. Advocates for women and girls often want to have it both ways. They want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to have the best of both worlds. I call this the YMCA-YWCA Syndrome, i.e., what belongs to women and girls belongs exclusively to women and girls, but what belongs to men and boys really belongs to everyone. But I think it’s time to put an end to such politically correct absurdity. If it’s not fair for boys and men to invade what has been set aside for girls and women, then the reverse must also be true – in any fair and logical universe.