10-Year-Old Barred From Playing Football Because She's a Girl

A 10-year-old was barred from playing in a Cleveland-area youth football league because she's a girl.

Alycia Figueroa of Ashtabula, Ohio, has loved football ever since she was small — and often plays with the boys. But when her parents took her to sign up for the Ashtabula Midget Football League this week, they were turned away, MyFOX Cleveland reported.

The league's president told them that according to the bylaws set in 1971, girls aren't allowed.

"It's not fair that it's 2008 and she still can't play because she's a girl," her mother, Poula Stitt, told MyFOX Cleveland.

The league's president told Alycia's parents that she should try out for cheerleading instead.

"It upsets me," said the 10-year-old. She'd rather play football, she added, "because I get to tackle people."

The league seems concerned that Alycia could get injured. Her mother brushed that reasoning aside.

"She's pretty tough," she told MyFOX Cleveland. "If that's what they're worried about is her getting roughed up, she'll be fine."

Poula and Roy Stitt have since enrolled their daughter in a youth league across town that does accept girls.

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