January 17th, 2008
08:58 PM ET

Co-ed Sports?

My high school, like every other one I knew, had separate basketball and soccer teams for guys and girls.  There were no guys on the women's volleyball team; there were no girls who played varsity football.

Whether it's rule or tradition that keeps most athletics separated by gender, it's generally accepted that they will be.  But what would school sports be like if they weren't?  Should women who want to be on men's football teams be allowed?  Do men have a place on women's volleyball teams?  I don't know the answers here; I'd just like to see what you think.

(Oh, and while you're thinking, have an awesome weekend!  We'll see you next Tuesday.)

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. iMAK Middle School

    Yes, they should be able to play on male football teams. But they should have separate changing/shower rooms. They should just be more careful though, as girls hate broken nails.

    January 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  2. Angelica

    I think that all people should be on every sport like football because some girls like football ad almost every sport

    January 17, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  3. Patrick

    I don't think i would like to eat food that was made in a laboratory

    January 17, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  4. Katie

    Yes, they should be allowed. That's sexest if you think that women and men shouldn't be on the same team. That should only matter to the 6 year old boys who still think that girls have koodies. Girl's can be just as tough or tougher than the boys who play the sports. Differnt shower/changing rooms would have to be a must! There is no reason that the boys should be any more careful than they are with the boys. It's just a sport. If you can't take the pain, get out of the game.

    January 18, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  5. Alli

    I deeply believe that girls do play as well as or better than the boys! They should be able to play with them so they can show off their skills!

    January 18, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  6. Lee

    As the world changes, the traditions have to be changed. Segregating the sports teams according to a gender should be a by-gone tradition. It makes some sports be monopolized only by boys. That is, it ultimately blocks girls from even being included in a team. In my coutry, soccer is the boys-only-game, so girls even think that it is wierd for girls to kick a soccer ball. Girls lack nothing to be a part of a sports team.

    January 18, 2008 at 10:36 am |
  7. Zach

    Girls should be able to try out for boy's sports teams just as long as boys could try out for girls teams.

    January 18, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  8. Moore

    I think that the high school asociation of florida should change the rules and let that girl play and see if she would make it.

    January 18, 2008 at 11:22 am |
  9. Ben

    personally i think thats it is ok if women are not allowed to play some sports, because it is required that if there is a sport that only men can play women have to have one hat only they can play.

    January 18, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  10. Jessica

    Girls should be able to play baseball. Not on the male baseball team, but schools should have a girl basball team too.

    January 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Kulamama

    I thick the schools are right to nit let her go in,because
    if she goes she'll have a hard thing fitting in.

    January 18, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  12. Pauliney

    Yes they should have let her in ,because in the cummunity it's a law not to.But if she dose go in she might have a hard time fitting in ,boys might bully her and the coach might not teat her fair.

    January 18, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  13. Hunbob

    I think she should not be able to go in,because boy aren't allowed to join girl sports, why should girl be allowed to join boy sports.

    January 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  14. Ella

    I think instead of creating coed teams, that they should make sports options equal for both genders. My math teacher played women's professional football and basketball; and yet she rocks at math. Why do people doubt different gender's abilities when some are math, football, and basketball prodigies?

    January 18, 2008 at 8:16 pm |
  15. Heaven

    I think if a girl wants to play football they should be able to..... everyday me and my 4th PD. social studdies class whatches this, When I heard this I was like WHAT? I may not play sports but I have friends who do. IGirls are not as fragle as people may think.

    January 18, 2008 at 8:38 pm |
  16. Leo

    I'm a boy, and I think it's no fair. It's like a recipe with only meat. It would be better if it was like a recipe with meat and vegetable.

    January 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  17. Johnny in KY

    I think every body shuold be in any sport because if they like it they shuold be in it there is no reason to stop them from doing something

    January 19, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  18. Erica

    That is a good point. But i guess it's just because if a girl gets hurt on the football team for example then it would be a really big deal rather than if a guy hurt a guy. And if a guy hurt a girl on the volleyball team it would be really different rather if it were a girl hurting a girl.

    January 19, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  19. jaidah

    i think that the serigated sports are a bad idea becaude girlds can play any sport just as good as boys mabey evan better. i've been told all my life to go for what i belive in because i can do it.

    January 20, 2008 at 2:10 am |
  20. Nick

    Yes, I think people from the opposite sex should be allowed to play on teams that aren't "for them" but should be more careful and they should respect there privacy by having different changing rooms/stalls.

    January 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  21. Johnny In Bowling Green, KY

    People should be in every sport they want.

    January 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
  22. Johnny In Bowling Green, KY

    Some sports girl should not be in them because they are rough sports!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  23. christian

    i think that sports should be gender seperated. There is just as many oppurtunities playing sports for girls as there is guys. Softball, basketball, volleyball etc.

    January 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  24. "Logfoot"

    Hey, if a girl wants to be on a guy's team or vice versa there shouldn't be a rule against it.

    It should be their choice whether a girl wants to get tackled by an enormous group of 200+ pound guys, or if a guy wants to prance around in a cheerleading uniform. I guess its whatever floats their boat!

    peace out, carl. cant wait to watch you in my next class!

    January 22, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  25. Crunchee

    Girls plying football?! ROCK ON!! I know girls in my school who are more manly than the guys! Follow your dreams and don't let others tell you no!

    January 22, 2008 at 9:47 am |
  26. Danielle

    i think If they are a good player they should be abel to play no matter what gender you are or team t

    January 22, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  27. Tiffany

    I think that girls can bejust as good or maybe better then boys and boys can be as good or even better than girls so girls should be in Football(etc.) if thay want to and boys should be in vallybal(etc.) if thay want to because it is only fair.

    January 22, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  28. Alex

    I think that all is really unfair. There is this one guy in my grade who is a fantasticly wonderful volleyball player, but he isn't allowed on the team!! We are allowed to have girl football players and wrestlers, but not boy volleyball players??? Me and the rest of the girls think this is VERY imiture and sexist

    January 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Heather

    I think that all sports should be co-ed. I knew a kid from Harper Creek High school who played on the Volleyball team. I think that if your dream is to play a certain sport then you should be able to do it, weather it is a girl or guy sport, without complication or criticism.

    January 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  30. alexander

    I think the girls should be allowed to play footbball and boys should be allowed to play vollyball

    January 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  31. Peter

    I definitely disagree with this. How do you think a 140lb girl will feel after she gets hit by the 300lb lineman? OUCH!

    January 24, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  32. Amber

    I think this is a really good idea because I would definatly do better on my school work if I was getting paid.Kids deserve something for being smart.A lot of people say it would be unfair but it really wouldnt if everyone tried hard enough they could be really smart too.

    January 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm |
  33. Ming

    I think girls have some limitations in their ablity like throwing, catching, and even power. the baseball is corporate sports, so if one player don't play well, that will affect team's result. so I oppose girls play on the same team with boys

    January 24, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  34. Wil

    This would be a good idea in SOME light contact sports like soccer and baseball and volleyball sports. Personally i like volleyball but we dont have a guys team.
    In football it would not be a good idea maybe they should make new rules and guys rules and girls rules like peter said 300lb lineman would not be good on a girl. They would litterally be crushed and they would hate it.

    January 24, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  35. Nathan

    Boys and girls should be able to play whatever sport they want to. They can be just as strong if they try to. I have a little sister and she is mean enough to play football.

    January 27, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  36. Meagan

    I think girls should be able to play on boys teams. I'm a girl and I play volleyball and can through a fast ball like 75 mph.

    January 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm |
  37. Amelia

    I think that it is a very good idea to let sports be co-ed. Then maybe when males and females get older they will be able to work with men and women all the same. I think it might lower sexism. That and girls and boys are equal nobody is better than anybody else.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  38. Emily

    I think that foot ball in high school should be co-ed because every deserves a chance to be on a team of the sport they like to play.

    January 31, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  39. Juliann

    She knew that this was the rule and so she should not be allowed to play. I am a girl and a feminist, so it's not like I am a boy just saying that I don't like girls.

    January 31, 2008 at 11:42 pm |
  40. Juliann

    I don't think she should be aloud to play. She knew what the rules where, but she ignored them.

    January 31, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  41. kait

    NO NO she should not be allowed to play

    February 1, 2008 at 12:02 am |
  42. ~Victoria!!

    Well personally, i think that it would be fun to have guys on the team. Then again, guys and girls are different whether anyone like sit or not. This will probably mean that guys are usually more aggressive than girls are. That is just as a whole. So if this girl was a hard, good, AGGRESSIVE player, then i would definitely let her on the team.

    Again, I am a girl so i don't know how guys would like it if girlks came on the team.

    February 5, 2008 at 2:23 am |
  43. Ellie

    i think that there is nothing wrong with co-ed sports. there was a girl on our school football team and there are girls that play hockey along with other boys. i think it is ok as long as the kids and the parents know how badly the kid could get hurt. sometimes, girls are better than the boys! LETS GO GIRLS! :>

    February 5, 2008 at 7:11 pm |
  44. courtney

    yes you should because its sexest and its like saying that you cant play contact football because you a girl and it hurts

    September 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  45. ben

    i think every body should get the same rights because they arn't that different so it wouldn't be fair.

    September 29, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  46. :)

    i think coed sports should be allowed in schools because the girls should have the same rights as boys. they might be different on the out side but they are the same on the inside.

    September 29, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  47. Shinigami

    I think girls should be allowed to play. I am a very unsexist person and I believe that if girls aren't good enough, then they won't make the tryouts. I also think that boys should go for it if they want to play volleyball. Volleyball isn't just for girls. I often get frustrated because I know many girls, and quite a few boys, who want to go for sports they aren't allowed to.

    November 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  48. sean

    I personaly think that having girls on guys teams and vis versa would really hurt either guys or girls self esteem. For an example if a girl played better than a guy on a co-ed team the poor guy would be made fun of for a long time and might never try out for any sports again. It is the same problem for girls if they get beat every time the play they might fet discouraged and quit.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  49. eric

    i have a speech on it . i think girls should be able to play on the team but it could make the guys feel uncomfortable tackleing the girls. or rolling on top of them in wrestleing.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  50. chaz

    i think yes because girls are somewhat better than boys at sports

    February 3, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  51. jake

    yep hockey is the bets sport ever

    March 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  52. TheRealist

    No they should not be. I see a lot of the posters here no nothing about the human bodies of males and females. Males on average are much stronger and faster than women due to a much higher level of testosterone.

    There is a reason sports are segregated and that is because women are physically weaker.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:38 am |
  53. Steph

    I think coed sports are a great idea. It shows the peoples abilitys to the other gender.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  54. stephanie

    sports should be coed...yeah girls will get hurt but they can get up and walk it off. Girls are as stong as boys so why cant they play against them. boy just dont want to lose to us and be laughed at so dont want them to be coed.

    May 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  55. yo

    coed should be aloud
    It doesnt matter what gender you are

    May 21, 2009 at 1:49 am |
  56. lexi

    yes all yall should be able to play sports in high school. And some of yall aint even on the subject we was on.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  57. Luke

    I think co ed sports shouldent be aloud because boys will hert girls if they tackle them in football

    June 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  58. Nani

    People should play any sport they want. I'm a girl who's very aggressive. and have had people tell me "if only you were a boy, you could play for the NFL," But I'm not and I dont even get a chance to prove my skill. so girls in high school and college should be able to play anything they want along with boys. So if any of you guys have a problem with this, get over it! And parents should let their kids grow up and learn lessons for themselves. You can't keep them from the world forever.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  59. Aaron

    I think that any teenager sould be able to try out for any sport that they want. They don't have to be strong or exceptionally good at it, but as long as they want to play that sport then they sould be allowed to. I know a lot of girls that would be good at soccer or football and I know a lot of guys that would be good at volleyball and swimming. They should get the chance to be able to play them if they want. You can't keep boys and girls separate, just because of the opinions, and thoughts of others.

    January 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  60. MHS

    Why do schools limit the sports that girls and guys can do?

    January 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  61. Mo

    It is actually proven illegal for girls to be prevented from playing on boys sports teams and almost always girls get the spot on the team... girls are incredibly good at adjusting to their surroundings so they would be able to play just as well with boys as with girls in any sport

    March 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  62. Anonymous

    I think there should be co-ed sports teams. Girls are just as good as guys. Some girls are even better than guys. Your gender shouldn't pick what sports you should do...you should be able to pick the sports you wanna play yourself. Screw what people think. It's your life and you should live it and play it however you choose and not let anyone get in the way of that.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  63. Jared

    We are doing this topic for a debate in class and I think that some sports are appropriate for coed, but others aren't. I could see guys playing soccer with girls but I can't see girls wrestling with other guys.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm |