"No. 2 is learning to praise efforts, not results."
The Women's Lib movement for equality in sport is not nearly so simple as it would seem to be to convinced advocates of either side. Responding to a recent federal court ruling, the board of control of the Ohio High School Athletic Association has ruled that girls are eligible to compete with boys in seven non-contact sports—cross-country, water polo, swimming, gymnastics, golf, tennis and track and field.
All well and good, so far. It is expected that very few girls will be able to crack varsity lineups in what previously has been an all-male domain. But what if boys decide to go out for what previously have been all-girl teams? With furrowed brow, Dr. Harold Meyer, commissioner of the association, reads the federal decision to mean that not only can a girl go out for boys' teams but that boys could very well try out for girls' teams.
"We're trying to discourage this, of course," he said. "We have no fears about girls taking over boys' teams, but there certainly is concern that the boys could take over the girls' teams.
"When you have a girls' tournament in the future, how can you know all boys won't show up?"