Hoover says a girls basketball team’s treatment after topping the boys is a miscommunication

 1614099886 
1678212000
Spain Park girls basketball team

Players from the 5th grade Spain Park girls basketball team met with Hoover officials to be awarded for their championship game.

City of Hoover, City of Hoover

A fifth-grade basketball tournament in Hoover grabbed the limelight recently after a girls’ team beat a boys’ team, and the new champions were denied their due.

Jayme Mashayekh, whose daughter was on the winning team, went immediately to Facebook to call out the Hoover Rec League, alleging gender discrimination. According to Mashayekh, they were told they didn’t get the trophies because their team is considered an “elite” team.

Hoover’s City Administrator Allan Rice says rec teams and elite teams are different. Rec teams are made up of players who sign up, are evaluated on skill level and evenly divided up so one team isn’t superior to another. “Elite” teams are hand selected and made up of the best players in the area but are still allowed to compete in games in the rec league, due to the lack of available space.

“They often have problems getting gym space or finding enough teams to compete against,” Rice said. “So for many many years, Hoover Parks and Rec have accommodated their request to come in and play in rec league tournaments.” 

Complaints came pouring into Hoover City Hall, prompting a response from city officials

“If an ‘elite’ team participates and makes it to the championship round, they are not eligible to receive any awards or trophies,” they wrote in a statement.

But this policy wasn’t known to the general public or the parents. 

“This policy has never been in writing. It’s something that’s been undertaken for many many years here in Hoover through the Park and Rec Board,” Rice said. 

The coach of the girl’s team, Wes Russell, said he knew the rules but chose to compete in this boys’ tournament anyway. 

Jayme Mashayekh later updated her Facebook post to say she now knows this decision was not based on gender, but that it was a huge lack of communication. 

However, the city of Hoover felt compelled to do something since the story made national headlines. 

“It’s very hard to unring a bell. And we made the decision to be more expedient to provide these players with the recognition that some of their parents felt that they deserved, and revise our policy so none of us, including players, are in this position going forward,” Rice said. 

On Monday night, before the Hoover City Council meeting, the mayor of Hoover awarded the girls with individual trophies and commemorative coins.

 

4 factors besides cold weather that explain expensive winter power bills

Like many in the Gulf South, Will Burt’s power bill spiked in January due to extreme weather. But how much of the increase can be attributed to the cold?

How an Alabama court ruling that frozen embryos are children could affect IVF

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF.

Alabama seeks to carry out second execution using controversial nitrogen gas method

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to set an execution date for Alan Eugene Miller. The state said Miller’s execution would be carried out using nitrogen.

UAB puts pause on IVF in wake of ruling saying frozen embryos are children

The University of Alabama at Birmingham health system said in a statement that it must evaluate whether its patients or doctors could face criminal charges or punitive damages for undergoing IVF treatments.

‘Sick!’ New kids book by Alabama author explores how animals fight germs

A new children's book by Alabama author Heather Montgomery explores how animals fight off pathogens.

Alabama Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are ‘children’ under state law

The decision, issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic, brought a rush of warnings from advocates who said it would have sweeping implications for fertility treatments.

More Education Coverage