MPSSAA won't let boys play in regions, states

States to be held on turf at undetermined college

Field hockey

High Schools

October 03, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's girls state field hockey tournament committee voted unanimously yesterday to maintain the state's stance on not allowing boys to play in the region and state tournaments.

In addition, the committee voted to hold next month's four state championships on a turf field at a yet undetermined area college. The move was necessary after Goucher College officials informed the MPSSAA that field conditions would not allow play at the perennial site.

Two brothers, Josh and Jarrod Davis, have been playing the traditionally all-girls sport for Meade High School in Anne Arundel County this fall because the MPSSAA allows local school jurisdictions to make their own decisions on such matters. However, state tournament rules do not allow boys to participate in postseason field hockey.

"Marlene Kelly [Anne Arundel County administrator of athletics] presented the case on behalf of the Meade folks to see if the committee would be inclined to change the rule and open the tournament up to males," said Ned Sparks, the executive director of the MPSSAA.

"We had a rather passionate discussion on both sides, and the committee voted unanimously not to do it. The committee upheld the rule to keep the state field hockey tournament as an all-girls tournament."

The MPSSAA has an appeals process, and Josh Davis said that might happen.

"That's too bad," Josh said after learning of the ruling. "We definitely want our parents to appeal and take it as far as they can because we want to play in the playoffs."

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