Connecticut, Rick Wolf, New England discussed on Sports Edge
Addition of Rick wolf sports edge on your host. Rick wolf now coming up later in the hour, if we have time. Well, I have to tell you, I still get all sorts of calls and emails about too many high school travel club coaches who really think that the best way to communicate with their players is to yell scream and to timid date them in order to somehow get better results. Please coaches. I urge you that approach is really prehistoric and is outdated. It didn't work twenty five years ago, and it sure doesn't work today. But again, that's we'll come back to that. Later on in the hour. But first of an item in the paper, caught my attention the other day, and well once I tell you about it. I have every expectation that this McKnight, one of the most unusual hours on the sports edge ever. Now, this past winter in the state of Connecticut to high school sprinters who are biological boys? But who identify these days as girls were permitted to compete in a key track? Meet the top six finishers would qualify for the regional New England. Competitions where lots of college coaches would be attending. And as it developed these two boys, quote unquote, well they finished first and second in the fifty five meter race with the winner actually breaking the Connecticut. Connecticut indoor state record for girls in the fifty five eight or sprint. Now at the other end of the spectrum was a high school junior named Selena soul. And she finished eighth day. Only the top six would be allowed to advance to the regionals New England and as such Selena did not qualify to compete in the next big race. But she claims that she was denied because of two boys were allowed to take part in the competition if they hadn't been allowed than those two boys didn't finish worse than second than she would have finished six in the race. And she would have advanced to the regionals. Now you can see where I'm going with this, and obviously, it's a tricky issue. The Connecticut Interscholastic athletic conference says that biological boys who Des his girls can't compete as girls in high school sports. In fact, Connecticut is one of seventeen states that allow transgender high school athletes compete without any restrictions. According to trans athlete dot com, which is a website, which tracks state policies and high school sports across the country. Other states insists that the transgender athlete must have already started the, the biological transition in terms of hormone injections in order to qualify. Other stakes it gets very, very confusing. All this other states that athletes must compete according to their birth gender. No matter what their transition state is today. The words if you were born as a boy that you have to compete as a boy in high school sports, same thing for girls. Now, come back to the situation, if you minutes because again, it's, it's difficult and it's confusing and obviously, I want to get your thoughts and comments about this issue at one eight seven seven three three seven sixty six sixty six in our phone lines are open. Now, I mean let me first state, that I know very little about the intricate issues of male female hormones, or transgender surgical, reassignment, and so on. But the time thing let's just focus on sports at the high. High school level. And what does all this mean now first of all, we've talked many times about title nine which was passed back in nineteen seventy two and how can legally play on girls field? Hockey teams that does happen, particularly in Massachusetts and other places or that girls will Russell boys teams or play on boys ice hockey teams in high school or they can play baseball football. But the transgender debate takes all this to a much higher level, and we reached a point now where I don't know, maybe we should just wipe away any gender differences at all regarding athletes. That is if a boy claims that he now identifies as a girl in high school. That according to the law in seventeen states around the country, he is an eligible to compete in the girls sports like these, these two male high school sprinters, Connecticut, who say they're transitioning, they competed and won. And coming back to this. Sprinter, the girl who got left behind is this fair to her will suddenly, a couple of boys say, you know, actually, we're transitioning to becoming female and under state law. They are allowed legally to compete against girls, and she ends up not qualify for the big regional meet now she doesn't want to openly complain because she fears, of course, they'll be retribution. Not only from her classmates as well as from college coaches, and this is obviously a very, very highly sensitive issue. The other hand, she's ends up says the ultimate loser, because the two boys came in first and second in the fifty five meter sprint and that ruined her chance to compete in front of college coaches at England regional. So what's fair here? And how would you feel this happened to your daughter? Let me let me take some calls about this, because there are other situations cropped up the last couple of years that I wanna get into as well. And I will tell you up front. I've tried to find out how many transgender athletes aren't high school. It's very hard to pinpoint a precise number, because most of most athletes are not particularly forthcoming, however, we do know all these cases, that are popping up that is becoming more and more of a commonplace kind of situation, one eight seven seven three three seven sixty six sixty six that started this morning with rob out in lake success. Rob good morning. You're on the fan. I've been really busy listening to podcasts. I've been racing lot. It's right up my alley. The marathon around Brooklyn today. So this is something that's my hall. When it comes to track and field position, his position number one, because individuals split that goes on time this particular girl who finished six, we'll find sh she'll be found anyway, because she, she ran a time even though she might not get between to compete at a state meet. Okay. So just just on that end she might lose out there, but she'll have a time recorded and someone will know no one just comes out of the woodwork and this individual swimming, because the based on times everybody is known out there. Great. That's a good thing. But as far as training, this is very tricky, because we're going to get political. I've never heard you go down this road. All right, my personal feeling dish. And it's a personal feeling if you are in transition. Okay. Then and you still a particular sex sex is at that particular point, male or female, you should not be allowed to compete till the complete change, whether even being the Olympic Games, whether it be in Olympic trials or even at the high school because I think the these individuals know, early age and this is up for discussion as well. But the show they know what sex, they really all one with internally, but I think it should not be loud chill with fish lead the change because males and females. That's one in racing their differences, males on stronger than females, especially sprinting, which is a power sport. Rich world exports. Look at look at different times, men and women different times on the track because they just not by. Logically, the same these boys, because they are still physically males at this particular point, they have an advantage, every female, and it is unfair. And that's what they have different age groups, and they have a male and female track and field event just lump everybody to get. Well, that's rob. I think your your, your perspective on this is that perhaps that looking for solutions here and that would be that well, they if they're going to want to transition. They should not be allowed to compete. That's my stand to answer the question is, if you believe once the transition, it's completed, then you could compete at what you what you warm at that particular point at this particular point, because it's something that they're not there yet. They have a distinct advantage being a male because they are more powerful stronger, and the body chemistry is completely different and Rick, I really feel fat listen to this hour, and I've always been listening. I mean catching all your podcast. Thank you, on course. I know you were loyalists there and I appreciate your your. Listen to the rest of your show. Thanks, rob. Roy point about this. Maybe okay, fine. If you're going to transition, you understand that's gonna take a year or two, but you're not going to compete at the high school level, and we'll talk a few minutes about the NCAA and their position on this as well. But, you know that may be the ultimate situation. The one point I wanna make during the course of the hour is that the is no federal guidelines in this state mandate, and you'll hear a few minutes about a high school wrestler in Texas. And how the Texas laws are different from Connecticut, that's move on. That's go to up to Britain, Connecticut. I bet you're on the fan. Good morning baked me. Yeah. I'm gonna pick it back off with the last listener said except I believe there isn't any quality that when a guy is like if you're born a man, and then you become grow, your absolutely going to be stronger. I even if you go through the entire transition, I still believe that because you were born a man, your muscles, straightening Muslim, you're still going to be stronger than girl, no matter what. So even if you go through the transition, I think you're going to be stronger. I don't know what the specifics are. But I would love to know about a girl who tried to transition to become a man winning any events, 'cause I would say. That they would be very highly unlikely. That's pretty much. All right. Okay. Well, thanks again, there aren't that many studies a research that I could find about this, because obviously, it's a relatively new phenomenon. I mean, if you go back willing enough, of course, courses the celebrated case doctrinaire Richards, but that was some time ago. But for the most part, it seems that the transgender phenomenon has been more. Recent years is taking place more and more, and again, it's sort of uncharted territory because we all agree, of course title nine was a great move forward in terms of equality, for, for boys and girls and men and women sports. But now, we do have this complicated issues where we've seen, again were in certain places certain school districts in boys are allowed to play in a girls field hockey team and girls sometimes play on a boys ice hockey team and girl sometimes play football. It gets a little little cluttered with all this, but that's where we are today. Now's I said there were other cases that I want to talk about this morning in terms of address transgender situations and how these these kids are allowed to compete. According to the state in which they live. And it gets very very, very complex. And of course, it's an emotional issue. I don't wanna make into a political situation because I'm not really prepared to go down that pathway. I'm talking about how it affects the boys and girls in high school. Not only how how they're allowed to compete as transgender athletes, but how that has an impact or an effect upon the other girls and boys who also are competing like this girl who's a sprinter who found herself. Chance to advance the regionals because two boys basically placed the head of her. Okay. One eight seven seven three three seven sixty six sixty six that's our number curious to get your thoughts about this because I said, it's something that is really a curious anomaly. And I don't think it's going to go away soon. Let me take a pause. John minko here this morning. He has your flash of evac. Take your calls. Stay.