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Girl allowed to try out for baseball team

January 1, 2008
An Indiana high school junior who was prevented from trying out for her school's baseball team because she is female will now be allowed to participate in tryouts.

Heather Bauduin, a baseball player who relocated to Wabash, Ind., from California, was not allowed under an Indiana High School Athletic Association rule to try out for Wabash High School's baseball team.

Public Justice, a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia firm Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, represented Bauduin and threatened to file a sex discrimination lawsuit against the IHSAA if Bauduin was not allowed to try out for the team.

The law firms petitioned for and were granted a hearing before the IHSAA review committee to present their case on Bauduin's behalf.

The review committee reversed the decision of its commissioner Feb. 28 and granted Bauduin's request for a waiver of the statewide IHSAA rule that prevents females from participating in high school baseball if the school offers softball.

Indiana attorney Cynthia Rockwell, Rockwell & Jansen in Ft. Wayne, also represented Bauduin.
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