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Limits on games hurts girls

By Jenna McKenna

The Florida High School Athletic Association has released the results of its 2007-2008 sports participation survey. You can read it at http://www.fhsaa.org/programs/participation/2008_09.asp. Coincidentally, or not, FHSAA board also was scheduled to meet this Wednesday to (hopefully) rescind its recent decision to reduce schedules by 20 percent for all high school sports except football and cheerleading. A Title IX lawsuit filed last month in Jacksonville is surely one reason for reconsidering the policy.

My first thought on looking at the table, which breaks down participation by boys and girls, grade by grade and sport by sport, is that it tells a lot, but not nearly enough. I am sure the numbers will provide fuel for the debate on whether FHSAA should overturn the schedule reductions, which, as the lawsuit points out, will impact about 36,000 more girls than boys.


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