Kayla Watkins, 12, was fine with being the only girl on a boy's hockey team — til she saw a meeting agenda item about her "Player Ability Limitations," including handwringing over her locker room changing, written by another kid's dad.
According to The Toronto Star, George Atis, a parent who is not the coach, wrote in the agenda,
"It is now 14 games into the season and I have noticed that Kayla's play has not improved. It is at the point where many of the team members do not want to play on this team if this situation is not addressed."
Atis then details two possible options for consideration, either moving Kayla from defence to forward and keeping her off of power plays and penalty kills, or playing her every second shift on defence and again keeping her off special teams "until her skating and shooting improves."
"If Kayla is NOT amenable to the above options, the coach should find Kayla a new team to play on - commensurate to her skill level - for the balance of the season," the agenda reads.
Atis was also worried about Watkins' changing in a locker room also used by the boys, saying, "There have been many ‘near miss' incidents where the boys have almost been exposed to Kayla."
Watkins saw the agenda in her mom's email. Still, she sounds remarkably level-headed, despite the inherent absurdity of 1) A grown man meddling in her athletic performance 2) A major newspaper reporting on it. "(Atis) is not my coach so I don't know how he's judging my play," she said. "If there's something wrong, my coach should have talked to me, not him. And my coach never did."
Still, she's moved to an all-girls team.
Controversy Pushes Girl Off Coed Hockey Team [The Star]
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