NC Schools Accused Of Wrongly Favoring Boys Sports

Federal education officials are investigating a complaint that some high schools in North Carolina favor male baseball athletes at the expense of girls' softball teams.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Wednesday that the civil rights division of the U.S. Education Department received complaints in June. It has not yet decided whether the Rockingham County school system discriminates against female athletes.

Superintendent Rodney Shotwell says he knows outdoor facilities for the softball and baseball teams at the four high schools are not equal, and changes are needed.

It's common for schools to raise money to help field all teams. But former softball player Cassie Martin says players had to cover more of their expenses than the baseball team.

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  • by softball to craig on Dec 11, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    My daughter would make the team. They did play the baseball team. Guess what she struck out the male players. Actually she had 11 Ks in the scrimmage. Sounds like you don't know what you are talking about!
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 11, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Basically, schools' allocated budgets must be in compliance with the above. Female athletics are appropriated proportionately to male athletics. In other words, if there are 100 male athletes and 100 female athletes then a 50/50 allocation should be assigned according to the law. However, if there are 150 male athletes and 50 female athletes then the allocation would be 75/25. The argument that softball teams should have the same funding as baseball teams omitting other male sports would result in an inequitable allocation of funds. My comments about the use of tax dollars is well founded using the application of Title IX. There are legal remedies for organizations and individuals if in fact the appropriate funding for female athletics is being withheld.
  • by WOW Location: wilson on Dec 10, 2009 at 11:47 PM
    Craig: You sound like one of the 'atheletes' Coach M spoke of in his first comment. You are saying that if you take the worst boy player and put him up against the best girl player, the boy would win? LOLOLOL. Sounds like the only softballs you should be concerned with are your own.
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 10, 2009 at 11:41 PM
    There are some schools that hire coaches outside the school. They are for the most part, as I have seen, wrestling coaches. They are also very qualified to do this and am glad that each has coached my son. The main reason for school I speak of is as I said, greed and ego. But, moving on. The team I help coach has several rules to follow. One is to give 110%, respect other players and believe it is a TEAM effort. But the thing we really hound is home first, school second and football third. As a former coach I once worked with would say, take care of these things in that order. Oh and To Coach M Location: Washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:55 AM: I'm glad I have that 1%...LOL. And To Coach M Location: North Carolina on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:06 AM: I schedule my work around my coaching. If I were to loose my job and couldn't find another with the hours needed to remain a coach, I would get by until the end of the season somehow. You need to love to coach, PERIOD.
  • by Laurie Location: DC on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    To Jeff, sorry ,but not confused in the least here. I know exactly where the money comes from for our school athletics, and its from the budget our county board sets out for each school. ALso, yes we do have 1 fund raiser a year, done by ALL students in ALL grades, which goes toward extra stuff for the school/grades and athletics. We are a very small school. And I do plenty to help out, from cooking meals, donating time for any reason, donating MORE money for laundry detergent, bleach, etc., and, our softball team, for the last 5 years, has a MUCH better record than our baseball or football team PUT TOGETHER!! Also, has much more attendance than our baseball games. SO, I do feel that the baseball and softball teams should be funded equally!
  • by Craig Location: G-Vegas on Dec 10, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Hey softball mom. that is what I am telling you to do! Put your girl on a baseball team at the high school level. She probably won't make the team. If she does, it will only be because she is a girl. take that boy's baseball team and put all of them on the girl's softball team. They will beat every team they play and it won't be close. Boys are better atheletes when compared to girls. That is a fact. It is not descrimination. YOUR daughter is not better than anyone male player in the state that I could pick. At large schools, she would not be as good as the ones SITTING THE BENCH. Why don't you set up a game against a boys baseball team and your girl's softball team. First you will have to move the girl's pitching mound back. High School age boys could hit a 100mph ball back at your daughter's head that no shield or facemask would protect her from You are like a softball lost in high weeds and talk from both sides of your mouth.
  • by softballmom Location: softball on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    I will put my daughter who is a pitcher against any high school male baseball player. It is a shame that in this day and age, women still have to deal with discrimination. I have always taught my daughters that they can be whatever they set their minds to be. NC has a very good softball travel ball program I have even heard a comment about it on ESPN, but you definetly can see the discrimination. My girls are lucky that at their school the softball program has been more successful than the baseball program; so equal money is spent between the two. But when we go to other schools you can see that the effort is not there by the school, and is put elsewhere. You get out what you put in. It looks like to have school spirit schools would support all sports.
  • by Kay Location: Newport on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    When i was in 9 grade I wanted to run track but my father wouldnt let me because I was a girl. There were no girls team so I had to run with the boys. My mother lied and signed my papers. I took all county that year and ran for two more years with out my fathers permission. I brat many boys especially at cross country and I was only 5' and weighed 87 lbs. But boy could I run. Imagine what I could have done on a girls team. But no money for girls because they weren't necessary but they wanted me because I could whip the tar out of the boys. My daddy found out in my senior year and forced me to quit. I left home that year and have been on my own since.
  • by To Coach M Location: North Carolina on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    I am glad to see that you want to put students first. That seems to be forgotten by many coaches. Now how many of your players are on the honor roll. Make sure if you are putting your players first that it is both on the field and off the field. You also said you had to quit coaching because of your job. I am sorry to hear that because it sounds like you really enjoy it. However what if that would have happened in the middle of the season and you were the middle school coach. I know that there are alot of coaches that are highly qualified that don't work for the school system but there are reasons that schools do it.
  • by To Coach M Location: Washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 01:55 AM
    I can honestly say I disagree with 99% of your postings, however I must agree with your last 2 postings. I was also a volunteer baseball(Babe Ruth),and football coach. My son plays flag football and T-Ball, yet I WILL NOT coach his team. Just the way I feel, because I see the hardships most coaches put on their boys when coached by their fathers. I will be returning to coaching, as I truly miss it. Unfortunately,my job expected me to do things for the company, and I had to do what they needed. Sorry, but volunteer coaching does not pay the bills. My daughter plays golf, and I would put her against most high school male golfers.BTW,she is only in the 7th grade. One day while coaching baseball,I dared my players to attempt to hit a softball pitched by a female. Guess what, they got humbled real quick. I laughed so hard, my chest hurt. Yes, there are certain things females cannot do, but they have my respect. Also,I have heard from MANY coaches that females are much easier to coach.

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