Will Nine Year Old Girl Be Allowed To Play Football

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 9:06 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 9:06 AM EDT

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) -- Another sign of the end of summer vacation...the start of football season. And a nine year old girl from the Town of Tonawanda is still waiting to hear whether or not she will be able play this season. Nine year old Kayli Reynolds has been practicing with her football team. This year, the K-A-T Football program Kayli has been part of, joined a new league...that new league's rules uses the word "boys" when it talks about eligibility. Since Kayli is not a boy, she has been told she can't play. League organizers were set to take a look at the rule this week.

"There was a closed door meeting...they decided they were going to have it last night and the vote was a two thirds vote to vote again two weeks from now. We heard a rumor that they have talked about maybe bumping it up doing it next week, but as far as the exact date of when they are going to do it....we have no idea," explained Kevin Reynolds, Kayli's father and a coach on her team.

And now a new wrinkle...the league has realized that another one of the teams has two girls on their squad. Now, three girls are waiting to hear if they will be able to play football this season. "It means that if they do wait two weeks, that she is going to miss her first home game now. She has already missed her first regular season game, her and the other two girls that play on the Vets team. So, if they have to prolong it again...then those kids are going to miss yet another game," added Kevin Reynolds.

This is the second season Kayli has played and her little brother joined the program last year. "She is kind of upset about it. She just wants to play. She doesn't quite understand the battle over it and when you ask her...she goes I just want them to decide so I can play football," her dad said.

Kayli plays offence and defence and her team will feel the loss if she and the other girls are not allowed to play.