My cousin moved to the US from the UK just a few weeks ago. He has played field hockey over there for 3-4 years now and even played for his school. He wants to continue playing but found that in his HS there is only a girl's team. He approached the coach and found out that under Title IX in PA he can play on the girl's team since there is no alternative team available, although as I understand it now the school district has to actually approve this too. But she then told him that if he was to play on the team he'd have to wear the same uniform as the girl's which includes a hockey skirt. When I first heard this I thought it was a joke or must be wrong. But he told me that is what the coach had told him. Then I started to look around on Google and saw it was true, not just in one or two cases, but in almost all cases where boys play on the HS teams. This is true for MA too it seems. And the more I dug around the more I found quite a few examples of this. So I guess my question is, why? Surely this must be a huge deterrent to boys playing. Why couldn't they wear shorts of a matching or similar color/style to the team? Is there really a strong case why it should be this way or is it really just to deter boys from playing on the HS teams? And how do the boys deal with it in general? Do they get a lot of teasing or bullying or does it die down? It seems to be something that has been accepted for a long time and there seems no strong move to change or oppose it. Again is there a reason for that, or is it that it's just so hard for boys to even get to play on the teams anyway that they are willing to not rock the boat any more once they get in that position?