Reality embracers have an alternative

Reality embracers have an alternative

Reality embracers have an alternative

As the NCAA continues to defend its policy of allowing males to compete against female athletes, a reporter says schools that don't want to do that have another option.

NewBostonPost's Tom Joyce follows stories dealing with so-called transgender athletes, or people who are allowed to compete on sports teams with and against their opposite sex.

He recently wrote an opinion piece making the case that National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) schools that do not want to allow males to compete in women's sports should consider moving to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which recently moved to ban males from competing in girls' sports.

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"Most transgender athlete dominance occurs in high school sports, where males have won state championships in a few New England states and male athletes have injured females across the country," Joyce writes. "Such instances at the high school level are increasingly common, meaning that when these students graduate, they may play college sports and continue their dominant athletic careers [thanks to] the NCAA's transgender athlete guidelines."

Right now, the NAIA is made up of 241 member schools across the country -- primarily small, private, Christian ones. 23 new schools have joined since 2020, five of which were previously NCAA schools.

"I think it just provides a good alternative for teams and schools that want to embrace reality when it comes to biology and to protect the integrity of women's sports," Joyce submits.

This would, of course, mean girls competing against biological girls only.

"I think it's a no-brainer to move to the NAIA," the reporter tells AFN. "Charlie Baker, the president of the NCAA -- I have no hope that he'll do the right thing on this issue. He never addressed this issue as governor of Massachusetts for eight years. He had men competing in women's sports during his whole time as governor, and he didn't do anything about it."

While he encourages states to circumvent the NCAA and shift some of their colleges and universities from the NCAA to the NAIA, Joyce does not expect powerhouse Division 1 programs to abandon the organization.