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||[Mar. 24th, 2004|06:54 am]
POLICY ON SOCCER & BASKETBALL FOR PAREF GIRLS' SCHOOLS|
The PAREF Board of Trustees is directing all the PAREF schools for girls to give serious consideration to the school’s mission-vision and philosophy to develop the qualities of authentic womanhood among our female students. These qualities include gracefulness, poise,self-control, physical fitness, equanimity and level-headedness, perseverance and other qualities proper to the feminine gender.
In line with this thrust the Board has decided to remove the sports of soccer and basketball from the physical education program of the girls’ schools.
Several reasons have led to this decision.
Soccer and basketball are highly aggressive games. These sports necessitate body collision and physical contact that can result in minor or major injuries, depending on the intensity with which the game is played. Although basketball is governed by rules, which penalize undue and unnecessary bodily contact and roughness, there is still a high possibility of bodily harm and injury. This danger to the physical and bodily development of the girls is an important consideration in view of their role as future mothers and nurturers. In line with the school’s mission, special care and attention should be given to safeguarding the development of this inherent natural reproductive function of a woman.
These sports dispose girls to be highly competitive and aggressive which do not foster the development of true feminine characteristics.
The natural and inherent qualities of a woman, e.g. nurturing, caring,graciousness, refinement and compassion, are stunted and negated.
Instead, uncaring, hardened behavior, gruffness, brusqueness and loudness are likely to occur.
On the psychological aspect, contact sports tend to encourage aggression, which may be manifested in the girls’ social behavior and relationships. Girls will have a tendency to dominate, disregard and overlook the complimentary nature between the sexes. Other manifestations may include carelessness in dressing, shedding off inhibitions in behavior, and lack of refinement in speech and decorum.
The Board believes that while these sports have a good impact on the school immunity, i.e. the development of teamwork, camaraderie and school spirit, the school should focus its attention and direct its effort towards other sports activities that will encourage the same positive values which will fully implement its philosophy and actualize its mission and vision for students.
The Board, therefore, has decided that the soccer and basketball programs in all PAREF schools for girls be discontinued effective SY 2004-2005. It further directs the Academic Council, in coordination with the Physical Education Department of each school, to focus on other sports which are more in line with developing physical fitness such as volleyball and softball, and others which develop feminine graces, such as dancing, gymnastics, tennis, aerobics, badminton, table tennis, and or swimming. These will help achieve the desired goals more effectively without the negative effects of soccer and basketball.