Fifth-grade Catholic youth team forfeits season rather than kick girls off
Good for them. "The team’s decision was unanimous. It was also courageous and inspiring. Before a game Friday against a squad from another parish, the youngsters from St. John the Apostle decided to forgo their final two games, plus the postseason, rather than play without two longtime teammates. “It’s not fair that we get to move on but they can’t,” one of the boys said afterward. “It has a big impact on me because it shows that they care,” one of the girls told NJ.com. “I’m part of them just as they’re part of me, and they don’t want to break that bond, just like I don’t want to break that bond. “I think the rules are ridiculous.” The rule should have prevented the team from ever having girls on it, the children were told by the league’s director approximately two weeks ago. The “illegal” players meant that the squad’s record that season was erased (per NJ.com). A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark said it is not commenting on the matter."