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Apr. 24, 2017 — An unusual announcement

There was a dispatch written in yesterday about a male field hockey player making a commitment to a Division I college.

There have been occasions, especially in light-contact sports such as basketball, when male practice players have been brought in to provide competition for a women’s athletic team on campus. Many Division I women’s basketball teams have gotten better by playing against men during practice sessions, getting used to a different level of speed and strength.

Field hockey clubs near college teams are often invited to play friendlies, to show different skill levels, and to generally swap bits of knowledge about the game to get better.

But for Christian DeAngelis, the Doylestown Central Bucks West (Pa.) senior, his path is much different from the one that David Schmoyer took a quarter of a century ago. Schmoyer also played for C.B. West before taking his talents to the U.S. men’s national team in the early 2000s.

Back then, the role of men in developing women’s athletic teams was receiving a certain amount of scrutiny because of their widespread use in basketball. There was a movement in 2007 to ban the practice, but instead the language was clarified as to eligibility and benefits.

I’m surprised that, with the seemingly annual controversies about boys playing field hockey in high school on girls’ teams, that some university hadn’t decided on assembling a formal scrimmage team before now.

Might this be the start? Stay tuned.


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