Wayland HS Field Hockey Team Is Coed And Not Everybody’s Cheering


ALL NEW AT 6, A COED CONTROVERSY ON THE PLAYING FIELD. THREE BOYS HAVE JOINED THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY TEAM IN WAYLAND. WHILE THE GIRLS AND COACH EMBRACED THEIR NEW TEAMMATES, SOME PARENTS SAY IT IS NOT FAIR. KRISTINA REX HAS THE STORY. Reporter: IN AMERICA, IT IS A SPORT TYPICALLY PLAYED BY GIRLS WEARING SKIRTS. BUT IN WAYLAND THIS SEASON, THREE BOYS HAVE CHANGED THE GAME. THE AWKWARD POINT DID NOT HIT ME UNTIL I GOT TO THE TRY OUT, OH MY GOSH, I’M REALLY OUTNUMBERED HERE. THEY ARE ALL SENIORS AND JOINT THE WAYLAND FIELD HOCKEY TEAM FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. I LOOK FORWARD TO PRACTICE AND GAMES, I’M SO HAPPY TO PLAY. WE ARE REALLY GLAD WITH HOW THEY TURNED OUT. THE CAPTAIN SAID THEY ARE A WELCOME ADDITION SINCE I HELPED THE TEAM MAKE THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS. I THINK PEOPLE ARE A LITTLE SACRIFICIAL IN THEIR PLAYING TIME IF IT MEANS WE WILL GO FARTHER. FIELD HOCKEY IS A COED SPORT, AS WAYLAND EXPECTED, BEING THE ONLY COED TEAM IN THE LEAGUE HAS CARRIED A HEALTHY DOSE OF CONTROVERSY. PARENTS HAVE BEEN BRUTAL THIS YEAR ON THE SIDELINES. IN THE PAST, THEY MADE BOYS CRY BECAUSE THEY PLAY. THEY NEED TO EXPECTED FROM PEERS, TO HEAR FROM ADULTS HAS BEEN REALLY HARD FOR THEM. PARENTS ON OPPOSING TEAMS LIKE WAKEFIELD SAY IT IS NOT FAIR. IT IS ABOUT THE FACT THEY CAN’T PHYSICALLY BEAT THEM. PHYSIOLOGICALLY, THEY ARE STRONGER AND FASTER. IT IS NOT FAIR, THESE GIRLS HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD. WAYLAND DOES NOT HAVE A PERFECT RECORD AND THEIR PARENTS SAY THAT IS PROOF ALL IS FAIR IN FIELD HOCKEY. IT OFFENDS ME WHEN PEOPLE ASSUME JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE BOYS, THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY GOING TO BE BETTER. THAT HAS ACTUALLY NOT BEEN THE CASE.

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