Contact Us

Boy Booted from All-Girls Field Hockey Team for Being Too Good — Is It Fair? [VIDEO]

Field Hockey Player
Fox 5

Usually, being really good at athletics ensures you a spot on your school’s teams. Not so in the case of Keeling Pilaro, a teen from Long Island, New York.

In what feels like a case of reverse discrimination, Pilaro, 13, is not allowed to play on his field hockey team simply because he’s too good.

Pilaro, one of the team’s leading scorers, is the only male on an all-female team. Therein lies part of the problem.

Some feel the fact that he is so good and that he is a boy creates an unfair advantage. Section 11, which governs high school sports in New York’s Suffolk County, has blocked Pilaro’s participation this year. “As a sport it’s a girls sport,” Section 11′s Ed Cinelli said. “When a boy plays, it leads the way for other male players to come in and take over.”

Pilaro, on the other hand, just wants to get on the field with his girls. “I do hope they let me play,” he said. “I really like these girls — they are my family.”

He has lost his bid to be permitted to play as well as his initial appeal, but he will try it one more time.


[Fox 5]

More from 107.9 The River

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theriver1079.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 107.9 The River quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 107.9 The River quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!