Hockey mom wants daughter allowed in boys' change room
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07-12-2005, 10:19 AM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: over the rainbow
Dude, I grew up in the early 80's. There weren't many girls leagues north of Boston back then until you got to the boarding school level, which is what I eventually did to play girls hockey. I wasn't going to make my parents drive all the way down to the South Shore for 6 am practices. I was pretty much forced into playing with the guys if I wanted to play at all.
My public HS coach (a guys team) said that he wouldn't ever let a chick in his locker room because it ruins the team bonding and whatever other excuse he could come up with hoping it would deter me from playing. So I'd change IN THE HALL outside the locker room (why plain view of the public was OK, but not the team, I'll never understand). Eventually the guys brought a petition to him asking if I could come back in-- they changed with me every weekend since we were kids and at that point they were like brothers to me, so what's the difference? I was allowed in and actually got to be part of the team instead of a player that showed up when it was convenient. The guys were very respectful of me, yet still joked around like they always had. Maybe in my situation it was more of a comfort level since I was always around. But since HS when the guys weren't as familiar (being on a club team in college and now in a few mens' leagues), I've never had an issue with people pinning me down and locking me into a gang bang. They still shoot their mouths off and don't hold anything back, but nothing horrid has ever happened. I'd like to think of this as the rule, not the exception.
I agree with you all that some guys can be stupid and immature. But it doesn't classify all male hockey players. If it's that big of a deal, maybe the line should be drawn at allowing a female on the team, instead of not letting her in the locker room.
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