After being told he's "too dominant," 13-year-old Keeling Pilaro of Long Island (NY) was kicked off his high school's field hockey team, although Pilaro's attorney insists the boy will be back on the team shortly.
"We are confident that a court will see the discrimination in this case," Frank Scagluso, the attorney for Keeling Pilaro said.
Having played two years already on the varsity team at Southampton High, this season he was taken off the team because it was ruled that Pilaro's skills gave him an unfair advantage over the rest of the girls he was facing.
Pilaro, who was born and raised in Ireland where field hockey is a widely popular boy's sport, could—in Suffolk County's opinion—blaze a trail that would lead to other boys coming in and dominating field hockey and that is why he had to be removed from the team.
"(Keeling is) having a significant adverse effect on some of his opposing female players," Suffolk County's sports commision claimed, "The rules state he would be allowed to play if he wasn't the dominant player."
So now that's he good, after putting in the time to get better and improve his skills he can't play? If anything, the school should be more concerned about this young Irish lad slaying the ladies OFF the field.
Only 4'8" and 82 pounds, Keeling doesn't have a significant size advantage over the ladies he's vying against, and in fact is often singled out on the field by the opposing teams BECAUSE he is a dude.
"In my opinion, my son is comparable to any of his teammates," Andrew Pilaro, Keeling's father said. "He fits in well with the team’s dynamic."
The Pilaros lost their first suit but are appealing in May and hoping to sway a judge that this a violation of Title IX (which it certainly sounds like it is) so that young master Keeling can get back on the field and keep playing with the girls.
Go for it kid!