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May 15, 2012 12:40 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Southampton Boy Will Be Allowed To Play Field Hockey Next Season

May 15, 2012 6:27 PM

Mr. Phillips said he was pleased with the decision as well.

“I’m happy, but I’m also proud that the committee did the right thing,” he said. “In my mind, it was the right thing to do. These are my colleagues, so I feel a sense of relief and pride that they were able to see the big picture and the whole situation for what it is. It’s not about him being a boy playing a girls sport—he’s just another player who loves the game and wants to be part of the team.”

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Yeah!!! I'm so happy for you Keeling CONGRATUALTIONS!
By mychildmatters (66), SOUTHAMPTON on May 15, 12 12:45 PM
Very happy!! Good luck to the SHS field hockey team!!!!!!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on May 15, 12 12:57 PM
Congrats Keeling!
By hamptonchic (11), Bridgehampton on May 15, 12 1:04 PM
Great news.

Sad how much DRAMA was required to achieve this just, fair and equitable solution.

Hopefully Keeling did not take it personally.
By PBR (4911), Southampton on May 15, 12 1:08 PM
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Good for you Keeling & parents! Never take no for the answer to something you feel strongly about. I hope you have a great time playing.
By runawaypeg (2), Southampton on May 15, 12 1:24 PM
Congratulations!
By car74 (1), Southampton on May 15, 12 1:46 PM
What wonderful and just news! Look forward to watching Keeling play this fall! Congratulations to the Pilaro family and to Southampton athletics.
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on May 15, 12 2:03 PM
Man Up Keeling you have NO business playing with a bunch of girls,what would your former team mates in Ireland think of you.
By Etians rd (525), Southampton on May 15, 12 2:05 PM
I'm sure if he had the option of playing with / against a team of males he would, but given that he doesn't have the option I think it is great he is being allowed to continue to play a sport he enjoys playing!
By Rich Morey (356), Brooklyn on May 15, 12 2:11 PM
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"Man Up" ??? to quote Etians rd.

What a nice friendly non-angry post you have made, Etians rd, to an eighth-grade boy, who is simply trying to do his best within the available limits of field hockey here!

"Man Up?"

Indeed!

PS -- Hopefully Keeling will not take the negative comments here personally.
By PBR (4911), Southampton on May 15, 12 3:02 PM
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I doubt there opinions would change, I do think they would wonder why more men are not playing in the US. Anyone can conform, it takes real man to go against the norm.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 16, 12 12:51 PM
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I agree with you Rich, Bobby
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 25, 12 11:51 AM
This is the type of decision that will allow school districts to drop field hockey from their program. If 5 or 6 boys go out for the team what happens then? When your daughter gets barrelled over by a boy playing the sport will you bring a lawsuit? This is ridiculous. Start a club team. Travel. Thats what hockey players, fencing, luge athletes do. Waste of taxpayer money.
By The Real World (363), southampton on May 15, 12 2:25 PM
Would another alternative be to START a boys field hockey team?

Compare the physical size of all the players here in the photographs in previous articles. It seems unlikely that Keeling could "barrel over" anyone else on his team.
By PBR (4911), Southampton on May 15, 12 3:06 PM
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Whoa whoa whoa. That sounds too much like socialism bub. ;P
By johnj (980), Westhampton on May 15, 12 3:13 PM
PS -- Go to the article linked below (but not here, as yet), click on "VIEW ALL IMAGES" under the photo at the top left, and check out photo 3 of 3 regarding the "barrel over" possibilities.

No Way!

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/422500/Pilaro-Family-Vows-To-Keep-Up-Fight-For-Son-To-Play-Field-Hockey
By PBR (4911), Southampton on May 15, 12 3:18 PM
Haha. Ulterior motives perhaps?
By johnj (980), Westhampton on May 16, 12 10:24 AM
Hooray! So happy that Section XI did the right thing : ) I look forward to watching you play next year!
By Lisa W (3), Southampton on May 15, 12 2:55 PM
Great news. Way to go for challenging and prevailing over a wrong decision. All's well that ends well!
By V.Tomanoku (728), southampton on May 15, 12 4:20 PM
When you reach puberty....comment again.
By The Real World (363), southampton on May 15, 12 6:42 PM
If girls are allowed to play on Boy's sport teams, then boys should be allowed to play on girls sport teams. How about doing away with boys and girls teams and having one unisex team for every sport.
By Walt (285), Southampton on May 15, 12 6:59 PM
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Happy to hear this on the challenged East End!
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on May 15, 12 7:25 PM
OK way to use title 9 in the exact way it wasn't meant to be used. So now all you not so athletic boys can now play field hockey or any other girls sports you choose. You can play softball, compete in gymnastics or what ever you choose to dominate. No where in title 9 does it say a student too big or dominant should be allowed to play a sport. It basically says if the federal govt contributes everyone must be allowed. I'm sure this is a great kid, with lots of talent, but have we lost our minds?
By chief1 (2700), southampton on May 15, 12 8:08 PM
I don't imagine male athletes will be allowed to play on female teams when equivalent male teams exist - basketball, baseball, etc.
By Rich Morey (356), Brooklyn on May 16, 12 10:09 AM
Wow...not so athletic, have you seen Olympic level field hockey? which is what Keeling is pushing for? Only in this country is field hockey considered a "girls" sport. I would love to see you handle even a 1 quarter on the field with the girls and Keeling.

What cave have you been living in? Gymnastics is a male and female sport...Softball is pretty much the same as baseball. The application of title 9 was appropriate in this case. No person, not no girl or no boy...no person on the ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 16, 12 1:01 PM
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Keeling's story has made it to the MSN homepage!
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on May 15, 12 10:44 PM
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By chief1 (2700), southampton on May 16, 12 9:40 PM
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By chief1 (2700), southampton on May 17, 12 10:14 PM
Competitive sports teaches you lessons that you live by your whole life.Girls compete boys cooperate.The more girls sports the more they will learn to cooperate. Does having a boy on the team detract from this process? I think it depends on the boy. Ultimately the goal is to have fun.We can all agree with that.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 20, 12 12:14 PM
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