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09-25-2006, 05:50 PM
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MikeD
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anyone remember last seasons travels of the US womens national team? Recall how they got their hats handed to them by several Boys midget and HS club teams in the mid-west? Gender should not be an excluding factor. Skill should determine the make up of a team.

Those females that are of a high caliber who are allowed to play with the boys are HELPING womens hockey. It proves that a female can compete at or even above the level of their male peers. These same highly skilled females will be afforded the same op to develope their skills alongside the boys and when the time comes to join the Womens team such as in college it will help dispelll the notion that its JUST womens hockey. With team members who have come up through the ranks WITH the boys that factor is eliminated. The kicker...They must EARN that slot, not be given it.

The largest problem I see with most "ladies" teams is the coaching staff who both demand and expect LESS of them than their male counterparts.. Only when the female players and coaching staff demand the highest level of effort will that change.

In the US many schools have had to allow opposite gender students try out for a team when the school does not field a team for each gender. Locally, if a boy does play for the Field hockey team they are REQUIRED to wear the same uniform. It isn't a skirt. Its a kilt, as such.

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