Locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities

The facilities and locker rooms used by boys’ and girls’ teams should be of equal quality and suitability. It violates Title IX to provide facilities for boys that are better than those for girls. If both boys and girls use the same facilities, they should have equal access and fair scheduling (see next section). Also, if new facilities are built, they should not be for the exclusive use of boys, without facilities of equal quality being provided for girls.

Example: If a school builds a state-of-the-art baseball facility for the boys, while the girls’ softball team has to play on old rundown fields, the school is in violation of the law because the facilities are not of equal quality. If the boys play on a regulation-size basketball court while the girls play on a smaller older court, this would also be a Title IX violation.

Another factor to consider is whether the practice and competitive facilities are maintained equally for boys’ and girls’ teams. Fixtures such as scoreboards, goals, nets, and bleachers should be of equal quality and quantity for all teams.

In addition to the competitive and practice facilities, locker rooms should be of equivalent size and quality. If male athletes are provided with lockers that are large enough to accommodate their equipment, then female athletes must be provided with similarly-sized lockers. If the bathrooms and showers are well-maintained in the boys’ locker room, then they must be comparably maintained in the girls’ locker room.


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