Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is correct to argue that boys should continue to be allowed to play on girls' sports teams because prohibiting them from doing so would violate the state's Equal Rights Amendment.
In a Harrisburg court on Friday, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and Mary Grenen, a Pittsburgh attorney and mother of Allison Grenen, a former field hockey player at Fox Chapel High School near Pittsburgh, argued that allowing boys to play on girls sports teams denies opportunity for girls, creates a competitive advantage and increases the risk of injury.
In most cases, because of football, there are more roster spots available for boys than girls. Only schools that don't offer football would then have to allow boys to try out for girls' teams.
Equal opportunity is the priority. If a school has more girls competing in sports than boys, Title IX allows boys to try out for girls' teams. To say that girls must be allowed to play on boys' teams but to not allow boys to try out for girls' teams is blatant discrimination.