It just saddens me to have to put a story like this up. 9 year old Aubrey Zvovushe-Ramos has been playing soccer with her house league team for a few years now and always has the same hair style for the game. Braids that fall to the side of her face with plastic beads that keep it taught. The picture below shows just how harmless they are.
However, last week, a referee decided that the beads were no longer acceptable. he told her and her Mom that she wouldn’t be able to play until the hair style changed. No warning, no explanation, no viable reason for the Referee to do what he did as the rule book says nothing about braids or beads being banned. Nothing. I don’t want to make assumptions but, she is the only African-American player on the team. I think the Ref will be voting Trump! Just my opinion. ~Bill
Well it pains me to have to be dealing with my current situation with the #AYSO I feel it absolutely necessary to be addressed on #internationaldayofthegirl. My 9 year old daughter, who has supported and been a participant in #AYSOsoccer for 5 years was not allowed to play in her game this past #Saturday because of her hair. My daughter has worn the same hairstyle for sports for as long as she's been playing and this is the first time it's been an issue. Her #AfricanAmerican hair is a different texture and is treated differently than #Caucasian hair. We found a child friendly style that allows her to play sports and still be a little girl. My daughter is the real #MVP because though she was publicly humiliated, she was the epitome of sportsmanship cheering her team from the bench. My husband and I combed the handbook for rules on braided hair secured with beads and found nothing. My daughter offered to tie her hair in a tight scrunchie and was denied. I have reached out to #AYSOcoorporate and have received no response. @ayso_soccer #iamnotmyhair #soccermom #soccergirl #soccer#unselfie