Girls playing American Football in Highschool
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I would like to preface this by saying that I do not oppose girls playing American Football in leagues of their own. However, girls playing with boys will create many problems, mostly for the girls.
There are two ways to have girls play with boys. You can either have it be like it is, but with only one team, so the best get selected, regardless of their gender. Alternatively, you can have one varsity team, but force half the team to be male, and the other half to be female. Both are inferior methods to the traditional, one female, one male team.
Having only the best of the best being selected will invariably lead to only boys getting selected, especially at more competitive schools and leagues. Women are biologically less physically gifted than men. The average height and weight of a 14 year old girl (Freshmen in high school) is 63 inches  and 110 pounds . The average height and weight of a 14 year old boy is approximately the same . This means that incoming freshman are not likely to have a significant advantage over each other due to gender. However, like you mentioned in your paragraph, boys will often have a growth spurt throughout high school, so by the time sophomore year hits, boys will be much better physically than girls. Because American football is so reliant on physicality, girls will be at a steep disadvantage, and will practically never be selected for teams, especially varsity teams. As an example, the top high school American football recruit, Rashan Gary, was 6'4' and weighs 293 pounds . One of the best players in the WNBA, Maya Moore, is 6' and weighs less than 100 pounds . There is no way girls will be able to compete with boys at a high school level. Girls will not be able to play high school American football at school if this type of program is implemented.
If we force integration, then girls who would have excelled if they competed only against females will be overshadowed by their male counterparts for the reasons listed above. This will be frustrating to male players since they will have to carry their inferior female players, while the women will be frustrated since they will be bench-warmers instead of all-stars.
This is why girls should not have to compete with boys in American football at the high school level.
I agree that having half the team be boys and half be girls is not a fair solution to this problem, but there are schools that will not let girls play on the boys team even if they are better than the boys (1)(2). That is the issue here not that girls might not be better than the boys, it is that organizations and coaches will not even let the girls try out or play for their teams. As you wrote in your argument "women are biologically less physically gifted than men" so "having the best of the best being selected will invariably lead to only boys getting selected," is not always true. Although the best high school player like you said was 6'4" and 293 pounds, the average height and weight for a male high school senior (17 years old) is 5'7" and 140 pounds and the average height and weight for a female high school senior is 5'5" and 120 pounds (3). As you can see there is a difference but very little. Yes, there maybe taller and heavier boys who play football, but there are also girls who are taller and heavier. One of the first girls to play on a boys' football team was Heidi Garrett who was 5'8" and 155 pounds her senior year. She excelled in kicking and was way past the national average on all of her statistics in 2006 (4). She is just one of many examples of girls who are about the average height and weight of a male high school senior. Also, if size is a comparison there are high school boys who play on the varsity level who are smaller than the average high school senior. For an example one of the smallest college players is only 4'9" and 135 pounds, this shows that as long as the player is athletic and has the skills to play the game then size should not matter on the field (5).
Therefore, if girls are able to play football, know the game, and have the skills they should be able to play with their male counterparts because size does not matter in this game, if guys who are smaller than the average girl are playing in college then girls should not have to worry about how big they are as long as they are athletic enough they should be able to play. I would understand the guys frustration with the girls only if teams were forced to be half and half, but if the girls were just as good as the guys then I do not see why they could not compete one a male football team in high school.
This is why teams and organizations should start allowing girls to be on boys' football teams at the high school level.
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