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Holderness Speaks Out on New Sports Dress Code

Carter Bourassa '17, Editor

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dress-code-graphI recently sent out a survey to all faculty and students at Holderness asking whether they supported this year’s new sports dress code. Out of 153 responses, 127 people (83%)  said they do not agree with the new rule, 13 people (8.5%) said they support the rule, and 13 people said they don’t know or don’t care. In addition, respondents were given the chance to explain their opinion. Here are some of the responses for the opinions:

 

No, there should not be a sports dress code:

“I believe that athletes should not be required to wear a shirt and allowed to wear tank tops because tank tops aren’t displaying anything inappropriate, and nor is no shirt. When people go to the pool it is not considered “vulgar” to take of a shirt so why should it change in this scenario?”

“It depends on weather. The clothing should not be a limitation to anyone doing sports. As long as no one is entirely naked running around, it should be allowed.”

“It should be the student’s choice whether or not they want to wear a shirt or not. A student should not be forced to take his or her shirt off against their will but they should have the option to remove their shirt if they so please.”

Yes, there should be a sports dress code:

“I think that it creates an atmosphere of integrity on the playing field. It keeps people who are self conscious from feeling pressured to go shirtless, whether it’s because everyone else is or because of “shirts and skins.” Also I think that before it was unfair because boys could go shirtless but the girls were often discouraged from doing so by their coaches, which is sexist and unfair, but it’s the policy of many girls coaches and that’s the way they want to run their team.  So by requiring both to wear shirts, the  dress code evens that playing field (pun intended).”

“Sports requires discipline in order to be effective.”

“There is no reason to go shirtless. However I feel if you are off campus in a remote area/ on the trails at Holderness there is no need for a shirt if it is hot. “

 

 

Don’t know/Don’t care if there is a sports dress code:

“Because I tend to wear what is considered dress code anyway, so I don’t have any real problems. However, that’s just my style, for the people who enjoy tank tops and no shirt, I kinda feel bad for them.”

“I get annoyed by the fact that we can’t wear tank tops, but I understand why.”

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