Go Lacy!

As I am sure I have said in the past, I am not a sports fan but I am a huge fan of equal rights! Last week on Ellen (the best talk show host ever) she had on Lacy Stuart, a kicker who was kicked off the football team because she is a girl. When will brain and ability/talent be the only deciding factor of things and not a vagina or penis? Yes, there are some exceptions to my proposal but not in this case. Lacy had been practicing with the team for 2 months! Then a couple of weeks ago her mom said 

Hank St. Denis, executive board chairman of the Georgia Football League, realized a girl had been accepted onto one of its football teams. St. Denis overruled New Creation’s decision to let her join the team. “He said she can’t play simply because she’s a girl,” Lacy’s mom said. “There doesn’t seem to be anything in the [league] bylaws to prevent a girl from playing,” she said. “No one else has a problem with it. The coaches, players and other teams have accepted her. If she can play for a public school, why not a private school?” To read more…

People can never stop fighting for their rights, big or small! We have to stand up to people/groups/committees, whatever, and also let our kids see that and teach them to speak up. I love how Ellen had this girl on her show, that is cool! So Lacy, don’t give up and do what you do best, kick some ass!

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21 Responses

  1. When my son attends high school I will encourage him to try out for the women’s softball team. He can then maybe achieve a scholarship to college, play for the college women’s softball team and then possibly go to the olympics with the women’s softball team and win back the gold medal!

  2. Well Rusty, you bring up a valid point in a passive agressive way. In theory, because a high school does not provide a men’s softball team, a male student technically should be able to play. Unfortunately, with the comparable game of baseball available to men, I don’t think your argument will a strong enough leg to stand on.

    It would be interested to bring something like what you mentioned to court and under “seperate, but equal is never equal” precedence set by the courts, you may have a case to get your son on the softball team. I hope you encourage him to learn softball rules and Constitutional law in order work towards that goal. I think it would be a great way to move this country forward and away from so much gender/sex identification.

    Back to point, Lacy’s case, is that there is nothing even comparable to women’s football available. She has the talent and has proven herself capable of competing in this game and environment. Without an alternative that is even close to football for women, Title 9 goes to Lacy.

  3. Since baseball and softball are comparable, if a school had a comparable sport like flag football available for women, then we would be covered. The school would then be just in saying a boy could not play softball, he could play baseball, and a girl could not play football, she could play flag football.

  4. You may just have the solution for the school that may technically make its way through the courts! Hopefully you live in Georgia and can help show them the way.

  5. Why flag?

  6. I find this to be an interesting case because she was not kicked off her high school team, but a private team. Lacy attends a private school that does not have a football team (for anybody). She wants to play football, so she joined a private team called the Crusaders that plays in the Georgia Football League. The only teams in this league are non-school private teams like the Crusaders. Although it’s unfortunate that Lacy won’t be able to play, I’m not sure that the Crusaders should be forced to accept her. There are many private clubs out there that only accept members of a certain gender, age or faith. Should AARP be forced accept 25-years olds? Should the Girl Scouts be forced to accept boys? Should the Knights of Columbus be forced to accept Protestants?

  7. But according to the mom, “There doesn’t seem to be anything in the [league] bylaws to prevent a girl from playing,”
    I think in the AARP laws it states you have to be a certain age…I’m not sure about the others you mention.

  8. No, it says boys right on their website.

    http://www.georgiafootballleague.com/

    In fact, I found the reporting of this story to be quite misleading.

  9. Well then I stand to be corrected…unfortunately I don’t seem to be able to open your link or any other link at this moment to the georgia football league. I can see your point. I would like to know more…like why they let her play for 2 months. And as far as the scouts go…both should just end!

  10. Actually Dave your argument about the Boy/Girl Scouts and AARP is a bit wrong. And The Crusaders are the ones that want her on the team, it was the Georgia Football League and not the Crusaders who kicked her off the Team. The GFL is in charge of student athletes from private or home schooled kids.

    Now what differs this case from something like the AARP is that there is a little thing called Title IX which forces any school receiving federal funds to give women and men equal ability to educational stuff like sports. Whether or not the Crusaders or the GFL receive federal funding, thus putting them under IX is actually unknown but also insignificant because, believe it or not, Georgia is one of 16 states which forces ALL schools to give equal athletic opportunities regardless of gender.

    Because there is no equal to football in womens sports, if Lacy tries out and gets a spot she deserves to play on the team based on the law.

  11. I agree with what you say about Title IX, but the GFL is not affiliated with any schools. It is a private ogranization formed for boys to play football that are enrolled in schools that don’t have a team or for boys that are home schooled. I never said that the Crusders didn’t want her, I referred to the league rules.

    the GFL has nothing to do with state high school programs or leagues. I don’t think that the GFL “is in charge of” of anything. They have no authority granted to them by anybody or anything. That’s the point – they are private.

    If they were granted authority by a State educational authority, then I agree with you as the sate would have the responsibility to give boys and girls the same opportunity.

    It’s too bad that Lacy can’t play for the Crusaders and that she wasted all of that practice time. I’m guessing that the Crusader administration are volunteers and may not have known the league rules. I’ve seen kids be declared ineligible for things like where they live, date of birth or even prior experience, because the individual teams don’t read their league by-laws.

  12. I think you may have overlooked the part of my argument where I wrote that there is a Georgia law that forces youth educational sports be equally available to all, regardless if the organization is privately run. Because they call themselves a highschool football league they would fall under this Georgia law.

  13. I don’t know what “youth educational sports” means. I know what school sports are and the GFL clearly is not that. I know what Town Recreational sports are and the GFL is not that either. That just leaves private leagues like the AAU or GFL.

    If there is a Georgia law that address this, then you are correct. Do you have a link to the law?

    PS – For the record if I was on the board of the GFL I would vote to allow girls to play, but for the time being, I’m not convinced that anybody can force them to do that.

  14. I understand that you would want her to be able to play, I just believe that because they act as the organization to run football for private schools the law in question should be applicable to them because the point of the law is to give all equal opportunities. I don’t have a link to the actual law but only a wikipedia entry stating the laws existence and purpose 😛

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_IX#Impact

    Quote: “several states have enacted similar laws to prohibit discrimination in athletic opportunites based on gender (regardless of federal funding.)”

    If I cared enough I could find the law.

  15. I play in the league that Lacy is trying to play in. And as far as I’m concerned if she wants to kick then she can go to public school or to a private school with a football team and kick to her hearts content, but the GFL is a private league and therefore it has the right to decide who it allows plays and who it does not.

  16. It may have this right, but is it right to use it?

    What is your objection to her participation in your league?

  17. My objection is that I’m not going to hit a girl and neither are most of the other guys in the league. Hitting her would go against everything I/we have been taught. How can you guarantee that she or her team wont use that to her advantage?

  18. If she is not expected to get hit and treated like everyone else on the field, than she shouldn’t expect to be allowed on the team. I think her will to join the team is her expecting, understanding, accepting and wanting to be treated like every other player, male or female. Meaning she is will to get hit.

    If you cant treat her like every other player, even though she has accepted and wants to be, that is more of an issue between you and your teammates. This traditional ideal that you can hit a boy and not a girl is a bit antiquated, particularly for this situation. Her signing up for the team should be your guarantee that she cant use that to her advantage because than equality ideals would actually be on your side.

  19. P.S. The response above by “Ryan Thomas” is actually me. I wasn’t logged in.

  20. Well if thats the case then why did her coaches call the coaches of an opposing team and say ” you can’t ht her”?

    The idea of boys not hitting girls might be “old fashioned” ,but it is still a very prominent ideal. If you asked a random guy on the street if he would hit a girl he would most likely tell you no.

  21. Well rather than removing her from the team completely and all future females who wish to join, the issue to be resolved is the use of such language and principles as “you cant hit her.” The ref on duty should be the one affirming that she be treated like everyone else and expel such inequality of treatment.

    In the end, it is up to the people to stand up for what’s right, fair and equal, rather than succumbing to traditional ideals of men and women. It sounds apparent to me that this league is not made of “men” looking to stand up to a challenge, but instead would rather take the easy route and rely on “tradition” instead of paving a new path. If we want to talk about “traditional” ideal of feminity and masculinity, it seems like the only real “man” here is the girl trying to pave a path for herself and stand up for injustice. That’s more of a strength than what any of men in this league display.

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