BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 9-year-old Kayli Reynolds has been playing football for years in the KAT football program. She's even bigger than some of the boys on her team.
However, KAT joined a new league this year whose rules don't allow girls to play football, so Kayli and her family are challenging the league, hoping to allow Kayli to go back to being just one of the boys.
"We're not going to say 'you can't play' just because you're a girl," says Kayli's father and coach Kevin Reynolds.
"We started playing, she's done all the practices and now the league is tell her the exact opposite. You can't play because you're a girl."
KAT Football joined the Tyro Football League just this year. And the league's rules state that girls can't play football.
"We were informed yesterday after we turned in our roster that [Kayli] couldn't play. We just switched leagues and were unaware that this league didn't allow girls," said KAT President Rocky Palmiero.
In fact, girls have been playing with the KAT program for years.
But now, even though Kayli's been practicing with her squad for about a month, league officials say if she hits the field with her team this Sunday in their first regular season game, they could face big time penalties.
"They said the freshmen would be fined and they would probably have to fore-fit the game," Mr. Reynolds told Eyewitness News.
KAT President Rocky Palmiero says that a meeting has been scheduled with the Tyro League President to discuss the rule, which would need a two-thirds vote by commissioners to overturn.
That meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, August 30.
Eyewitness News did reach out the President of the Tyro League Tuesday evening, but he was unable to be reached.