South Dakota Bill May Ban Transgender Boys from Girls’ Sports

A South Dakota legislator introduced a bill this month that would require transgender high school athletes to participate on teams that reflect the gender of their birth certificate.

The bill by state Sen. Jim Bolin and Rep. Thomas Brunner – both Republicans – would overturn the current policy by the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) that allows high schoolers to participate on whichever team they choose.

The current policy means a boy who identifies as a girl can play on the girls’ basketball team or run as a girl in track. In Connecticut, athletes who were born male have won state championships in girls track.

Bolin, a former high school athletic director, said the bill reflects fairness and common sense.

“I believe the activities association is a very good group, but I think they made a bad decision when they implemented this policy four, five years ago,” Bolin told the Argus Leader. “We have sports that are set up – boys go over 39-inch hurdles in 110 meters and girls have to clear 33-inch hurdles in 100-meter hurdles.

“We have a smaller ball for girls basketball than we do for boys basketball. If we’re going to have these modifications, then my point is that the birth certificate should be the determining factor in which team you play on. It’s all about fair competition.”

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Source: Christian Headlines