Idaho Sports Group Lifts Ban On Girls In Football

Sep 12, 2013

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A southern Idaho sports organization has overturned its ban on girls in football, allowing young Justice Prince and Waycee Irish to rejoin the fifth-grade Gooding Recreation District football team.

The Times-News reports the girls were kicked off the team after their coach, Smokey Legaretta, allowed them to join in violation of the district's boys-only rule. District director Kent Seifert didn't return phone calls left earlier this week about the ban, and board president Joleen Toone originally said she didn't believe girls should play football.

But the board unanimously reversed that decision Wednesday after members of the community came out in favor of letting the girls play. The district belongs to the Magic Valley Youth Football League, and the change brings it in line with league rules.