Title 9: Necessity or a Waste?
Whenever most people think of college sports, they often associate most sports with a single gender, with a few exceptions of course. Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Baseball and Basketball are often considered male dominated sports, although women’s basketball also has a very large following. Gymnastics, Volleyball, Softball, and Field Hockey are considered female dominated. If you look at Title 9 and how it’s being implemented in many colleges around the country, the results and feelings cover the entire spectrum. Many times when a college team, take the U of M Lacrosse team for example, wants to move from the club level to the Division 1 level with the other sports of the university, a problem arises. The only way they can do this is if both the male and female teams make the switch together, even if one of the teams would be grossly outmatched by moving to the higher level of competition. The Men’s Lacrosse team has won ten straight CCLA (Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association) Championships, three straight MCLA (Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association) National Championships, and went 18-1 last year. The Women’s Lacrosse team has won four WCLL (Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League) Championships in the past eight years, but only one of them was in the past five years. They also had a record of 10-9 last season. If the Men’s Team moves up to Division I, as expected, the Women’s team may be overmatched and the quality of the program could suffer.
On top of causing some of the women’s programs to suffer by making both teams play at a higher level. Title 9 also doesn’t account for the difference in money distribution between male and female athletes. Due to the higher demand for male collegiate level athletes, there are more males, on average, per teams than there are women on similar teams. This causes many college coaches to split up scholarship money so that more students, who have earned their sport on the team, can be financially supported. On average, women collegiate athletes receive much more than their male counterparts. Also, since most of the women’s sports that receive scholarships don’t make nearly enough money to cover their cost to the school, the other programs and the university are forced to carry the weight of those prices by increase ticket prices and tuition. Yes, Title 9 does provide the ability for more women to receive financial aid for athletics. But, to say that the need for just a many scholarships for both sexes at a university outweighs the economical and political repercussions is just not true.