Pa. girl fights to keep playing Catholic league football; archbishop reviewing boys-only rule

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - An 11-year-old girl who's been playing football since kindergarten wants Philadelphia's Roman Catholic archdiocese to overturn a boys-only rule.

Caroline Pla (plah) has played the last two years in a Catholic youth league in suburban Bucks County.

But the archdiocese let her know last year the league doesn't accept girls.

At least a few dioceses around the country let girls play football, and about 1,600 play in U.S. high schools.

The Women's Sports Foundation argues that co-ed sports foster mutual respect among boys and girls. And the foundation says contact sports are safe for pre-adolescents.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) says he'll review the football policy this spring, after hearing from a panel of parents, coaches and doctors.

Organizations: Sports Foundation

Geographic location: Philadelphia, Bucks County, U.S.

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  • Taras Kachkowski
    February 23, 2013 - 14:15

    I coach minor football at the pee wee level (age 10 to 12) with Prince Albert Minor Football. We have had girls participating in our programs. At that age, there is practically no difference in size and strength between boys and girls, so why not have them play together? In fact, in my experience, at that age girls often catch on to the skills in the game faster and better than the boys. We even have a woman coach who has played with the Saskatoon Valkyries women's football team. I would welcome more female participation in our programs!