One girls volleyball coach in Hawaii is standing up to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association’s (HHSAA) policy allowing male students to participate in female sporting activities so long as they self-identify as the opposite gender.
According to LifeSiteNews, the HHSAA adopted a policy in 2017 declaring that students are “presumed eligible to participate in HHSAA activities in a manner consistent with their school registration records, even if that differs from the sex assigned at birth.” Earlier this month, that policy culminated in a biological suiting up for the Kamehameha Schools Maui girls team at the volleyball opener in Pukalani. Though most officials associated with the HHSAA either supported the student’s inclusion or declined to comment on it, one girls volleyball coach — who wished to remain anonymous — told Maui News said the league puts young women at an “elevated level of risk.”
“In my opinion, it’s very irresponsible for the league to place these young women, who are minors, in an elevated level of risk,” the coach said. “They all sign off on an assumption of risk form for an understandable amount of risk. Now, there’s an elevated level of risk their daughters are going through and being put through without any notification to the parents at all.”
The coach added that he takes no issue with the boy wanting to be whom he wishes and only cares about the girls’ safety. “I have no problem with the kid being who (they) want to be, but now these girls are being put in an unsafe situation without giving the parents the opportunity to make an educated decision on whether they want their daughter in that position,” he said.
Other athletic officials were less honest about the boy suiting up for an all-female game, which he did not play this time around.
“I’m not going to say anything about our transgender athlete,” Kamehameha Maui athletic director Jon Viela told Maui News.