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All athletes and coaches want their school sports teams to win while valuing rules that are fair to all involved. But the Biden administration is determined to prioritize politics over performance, unduly hindering young girls and women from achieving their athletic goals.
The administration has now finalized a Title IX rule that would require all schools in the United States to allow biological males who identify as females to compete on women’s sports teams. Such irrational and pseudoscientific rules eliminate basic fairness, jeopardize personal safety and deny women the chance to advance to the highest levels of sport.
Having coached men’s and women’s volleyball on elementary, high school and college teams for over 25 years, I believe that allowing men to play against women would change the game as we know it. I have seen with my own eyes.
Perhaps most problematic is the fact that female volleyball players are at increased risk of physical injury from playing against men on the court due to the strenuous physical nature of the sport.
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Take Peyton McNabb, student volleyball player at High Wasedam High School in North Carolina. He suffered a concussion and neck injury last fall by a male player his school allowed him to play on the girls’ team. McNabb has dealt with blindness, partial paralysis on the right side of her body, headaches, anxiety and depression after a male athlete spiked a ball into her head with all his might.
McNabb’s opponents aren’t even top-class men’s volleyball players who can hit balls at 90+ mph. The average male can reach 8 feet just by standing. That’s why their net is 8 feet tall and he’s 8 inches taller than the women’s net. And that doesn’t take into account other constant physical benefits such as greater vital capacity, higher bone density, and greater muscle mass.
McNabb’s injury could have been worse had she been playing against a taller, more talented player with a clear physical advantage at the net.
Under Biden’s Title IX, young women like her could face just that scenario.
Not only are they at a disadvantage online, but forced to compete with men, high school girls are unfairly denied an equal chance to win college volleyball scholarships at their dream schools. The elaborate incentive structure already in place will see the boys joining the top-ranked college teams instead.
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Think of it this way. In NCAA Division 1 volleyball, there are 40 scholarships for women for every 1 scholarship offered for men. And in Division 2, the difference in scholarship chances is 20 to 1, favoring the women’s team. This gives the average freshman boy a great incentive to apply for one of the many full-ride female D1 scholarships, rather than competing with other talented boys for a handful of scholarships.
The problem is that his natural physical superiority over most women competing for the same scholarship robs them of their hard-earned slots.
An even greater tragedy is that many college coaches are unlikely to challenge the trend when it begins to commonly occur in college admissions decisions. At worst, they may choose male players for the women’s teams because they know that choosing bigger and stronger players will help their teams win. And Coach’s agnosticism on the issue will “at best” put women in the back seat.
In my own college volleyball experience, my team lost the conference semifinals because the opponent deliberately played ineligible players. It would be a shame if girls like my daughter and niece who are avid athletes miss out on the same opportunities for the exact same reason of unfair competition.
In addition to the inequity issue, women are also likely to face violations of personal privacy when traveling to games in sports buses under Biden’s Title IX. Showering in locker rooms with men before traveling comes with a number of privacy concerns, expressed by many young women already forced to share bathrooms with young men at school. deaf.
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No school or team is safe from Title IX’s new “gender-inclusive” requirements, so women who feel uncomfortable sharing a locker room with their biological male have no choice but to withdraw from the sport they love. is not. Therefore, it is not surprising that more than 70% of the population opposes any requirement to allow male-born men to participate in women’s sports teams.
Attempts to make Title IX “gender-inclusive” falsely exclude women from opportunities, endanger their physical safety, and violate their privacy. The Biden administration has betrayed our daughters, granddaughters, sisters and nieces who simply want and deserve fair competition in sports.
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