Explaining the confusion

Explaining the confusion

Careful readers will think they've caught a mistake in our prep roundup involving soccer coverage.

In Tuesday's sports section, we have a few paragraphs about games played on Monday under the heading "boys' soccer."

There's also an accompanying soccer photo where the two athletes pictured are girls.

How ironic.

Yes, we do in fact know what we're doing.

Here's the score:

The IHSA allows girls to play soccer in the fall on boys' team if and only if they attend a school which does not offer a seperate girls' soccer program in the spring.

The girls pictured on Tuesday, Salt Fork's Mallory Weber and Watseka's Miranda Hayes, are at schools which do not offer girls' soccer in the spring. Therefore, they can play on the boys' team in the fall.

Why is it not called co-ed soccer then?

It's not truly a co-ed sport in the fall because schools such as Monticello, Danville, Centennial, Champaign Central, Mahomet-Seymour and Urbana compete in girls' soccer in the spring. At those schools, girls are not allowed to play on the boys' team in the fall.

Thus, the roundups and scoring summaries will continue to be listed under "boys' soccer," even though there will be some girls who are competing.


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