Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Proposal by Piaa Close to Passing Plan Would Ban Boys from Playing on Girls Teams

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Proposal by Piaa Close to Passing Plan Would Ban Boys from Playing on Girls Teams

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The PIAA is taking steps that would pretty much stop boys from playing on girls sports teams.

PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi was in Pittsburgh Wednesday for an annual meeting with WPIAL athletic directors. Lombardi informed the ADs of a PIAA proposal concerning boys playing on girls teams, which has happened more in recent years in volleyball and field hockey.

The proposal has passed two votes by the PIAA Board of Control. If it passes a third vote in May, it will take effect July 1.

Under the proposal, a boy can't play on a girls team if the school has the same sport for boys. If a school does not have a boys team in a particular sport, a boy can play on the girls team, but only if the school principal determines the following:

The boy would not displace a girl on the team; a boy would not pose an increased risk of harm to opponents; the boy would not provide an unfair competitive advantage; the overall boys program at the school provides fewer opportunities for boys to participate than girls.

Also, if a boy is still permitted to play on a girls team, the girls team is prohibited from participating in postseason playoffs.

Part of the proposal also deals with girls participating on boys teams. A girl can't play on a boys team if the school sponsors a girls and boys teams unless the school principal "believes that the girl's skill level is such that participation on the girls team would not provide meaningful competition for the girl."

Aloi ruling today

The WPIAL Board of Control held a hearing with Nick Aloi to determine his future eligibility. Aloi is a talented sophomore basketball player who transferred from Ellwood City to Lincoln Park in January. This morning, the WPIAL will inform both schools involved of its ruling.

Lincoln Park is a charter school in Beaver Country that has developed a strong basketball program, due in some part to a number of talented athletes who transferred there. Aloi averaged 15 points a game as a freshman at Ellwood City, but did not play as a sophomore because of a knee injury.

Ellwood City principal Kirk Lape would not sign off on the transfer, contending it was partly for athletic intent, which is against WPIAL and PIAA rules. …

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