Star girl on boys basketball team fights shutout

Star girl on boys basketball team fights shutout

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Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 5:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- A fourth grade girl in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a dynamo on the basketball court but she may not be allowed to play in her team’s upcoming competition.

Most of Jaelyn Bates’ teammates can’t even keep up with her, even though she is the only girl on the team.

She has been shut out of an upcoming tournament, because she's a girl in the boys league. Last week the organizers of the Southwest Salsa Slam Tournament said her team wouldn't be allowed to play if Bates suits up.

“She's worked hard to get where she's at and I don't think it's fair for someone else to hold her down,” said Jaelyn’s father, Barry Bates.

The rules state that only boys can play. Now Bates’ coach and her parents are trying to get the rules changed.

An attorney for the family said he'll file for an injunction sometime next week.

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