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Since when is a 3-point-shot worth 4 points in basketball? Apparently since CU has had an intramural basketball program. Changing the rules when girls are playing is insulting and extremely sexist.
Each shot counts for one more point than the regular rules of the game call for. Even a free throw is worth two points for girls.
In addition to scoring, guys are not allowed to shoot in the lane, nor can they block a shot made by a girl.
So girls can’t score as many points as the guys?
Last week there was a WNBA game between the Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury with a 91-88 final score. The last NBA game played was the championship game in June between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, which ended at 83-79. WNBA players do not receive 3 points for making a lay-up and yet there is a minute difference.
I cannot deny that many of the male players are going to be larger both in height and weight than the girls. However, size does not mean advantage. Aggressive, quick defensive skill will always do the trick. Therefore it is entirely unfair for the males to not be able to shoot in the lane and tells girls that they aren’t skilled enough to guard them.
One of the most sexist rules of the co-ed intramurals is that guys cannot, at any place on the court, block a girls’ shot. I have watched some of these games in which a female makes a great drive into the lane all to meet up with the last defender, a male, who can’t do anything besides put his hands straight up. What a buzz kill! One of the most satisfying parts of basketball is getting to the bucket with your best moves and laying it up and under that last defender drawing the and-one.
The rule seems to say that girls aren’t capable of such a move.
We are in college. We sign up to play intramurals for fun, often with good friends. If guys are still unable to pass to girls without the incentive of additional points and rules, sexism on campus must be thriving.
Guys who are unable to play equally with girls should sign up for men’s league! Girls who want to play the real game of basketball don’t have a choice but to sign up for the women’s league. Welcome to sex segregation.
Women and men are far from equal in the sports world. There are still sports that women are excluded from, and ticket sales sky rocket for the guys, leading to much higher salaries.
Steps toward equality in sports can start here. The rules for intramurals in basketball do not need to change to encourage girls to play or convince the guys to pass to them. Girls can play and they should be able to have fun in intramurals, free of sexism.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Morgan Aguilar at Morgan.firstname.lastname@example.org.