Gender differences in sports

29 Oct

I read this article in which University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma suggests the hoop height should be lowered in women’s basketball so more people will be interested. He argues that women are usually shorter and have more difficulties making layups and other shots which makes the games feel slower and less interesting. In softball the fields are smaller, in women’s volleyball the nets are shorter; are these genuinely to help female players be at a level of men or are they gender biased to discount women’s achievements in sports?

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One Response to “Gender differences in sports”

  1. runesandrhinestones October 30, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    I think they’re gender biased and not stretching the athletes to achieve beyond what is thought to be their potential. The guy who says it should be lowered is stating that on grounds of purely entertainment value. I think that all athletes should be pushed to achieve higher, regardless of their gender so I don’t think they should be lowered to make it a man’s game at their speed, but in miniature.

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