Title: Field Hockey Captain Calls for Change in Male Participation Policy After Horrific Injury
In a recent incident during a field hockey game, a female player from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School suffered severe facial injuries after being struck by a shot from a male player. The co-captain of the team, Kelsey Bain, has since written a statement calling for a ban on men playing against women in sports.
The distressing incident occurred on November 2, when the female player, wearing number 24, was hit in the face by the ball released by the opposing Swampscott High School team’s player, who was wearing jersey number 2. The injured player was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she is currently recovering.
In her statement, Bain expressed her concern about the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s policy that allows boys to play on girls’ teams. She argued that this policy creates inequalities instead of promoting equality. Bain questioned whether it would take a tragic incident resulting in the death of a girl for the association to reconsider their rules.
Bain emphasized the need for change and suggested that school districts could establish co-op teams to provide more opportunities for male athletes to play in their own division. She also proposed the creation of a seven versus seven boys league to address the issue.
The victim’s mother shared her gratitude for the support they have received and thanked the medical staff who provided expert care. Online viewers have expressed their anger towards the law that permits men and women to participate in sports traditionally associated with the opposite gender.
Superintendent Bill Runey of Dighton-Rehoboth sent an email to parents, acknowledging the concerns about player safety and calling for a change in the existing rule. However, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association defended their policy, citing the Massachusetts Equal Rights Amendment that prohibits sex-based discrimination.
Despite differing opinions on the matter, it is evident that player safety is of utmost importance. The incident has sparked a conversation about the need to reassess policies to ensure the well-being of all athletes.