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Like a lot of men, I like to play basketball. Like some of these men, I love to play competitively through leagues or pick-up games. I love that there are dedicated Men's Open Basketball times where men can go play with fellow men without the worry of hurting children or other "non-Men". But I'm not a man. Even though I think its important for these men to have their time, I'd like to see this opportunity extended to us women. The Chaska Community Center holds several Men's Open Basketball times during the weekdays and on Saturday mornings from 7am-10am both gyms are dedicated to Men's Open Basketball. I did call and ask if women could play and I was told, "these are scheduled Men's open basketball times". I responded, "are there women's open basketball times?" I was told there was not but I was more than welcome to attend regular open gym during those hours and write to Mary &/or leave her a message with your request as she is the one that makes the schedule. Well, I followed all those recommendations. First, I called and left a message. Then, I wrote her an e-mail. After over 3 weeks of no response, I decided to attend an open gym with my sister so that we may play basketball. We were meet at the gym with dozens of older but mostly youth "open gymers". Some were playing basketball while others were kicking a volleyball all around the gym as though it were a soccer ball. My sister and I were more worried about being struck by the incoming volleyball/ soccer ball than we were for our basketball playing. Perhaps this is why Men get their uninterrupted play time because if not, this would be a regular situation for them, and for some reason, they are better than that. Look I'm not asking to take away Men's Open Basketball, I'm just asking to have this opportunity for women. I'll even take Co-Ed Adult Open Basketball. And though I may be the first person to vocalize this, that doesn't mean that other women out there don't want this same opportunity. Even if my sister and I are the only ones on the face of the earth that are requesting a Women's Open Basketball, we should still get it because it's the right thing to do and the right thing isn't always the popular thing to do.
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I don't believe it's a
by isdeps
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I don’t believe it’s a conspiracy and never stated that. I have asked the people involved to get an answer on a women’s open basketball and have been ignored. If it’s true that there was nothing until men asked for it and the demand was there to justify the time? Well, we (women) are asking for it now. I don’t want 7 days a week like the men have I’m just asking for one day. Also if it’s the case of demand then why I can’t get a response stating that? The fact that I’m being ignored on several requests is also very frustrating.
If the men had to take steps to get the open slot, like a petition, than I will do the same.
As far as asking why is there no men’s open hockey? I don’t know? If there are men requesting it, I don’t see a reason why it shouldn’t be offered. Is it contradictory to offer Men’s Open Basketball and Women’s Open Hockey if the main reason is a matter of memberships? Is that to say then that there is a higher request for Men’s Open Baskteball and Women’s Open Hockey but little request to no request for Men’s Open Hockey or Women’s Open Basketball?

I really don't think this is
by rhagelstrom
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I really don’t think this is a conspiracy to keep women out. If you are able to dig up facts contrary to that, then there is an issue. I suspect the real reason is that there is interest by men for having men’s basketball. I also suspect that if there was enough interest in women’s basketball, then you would see women’s basketball. The community center looks at ways to increase and maintain high membership by offering a large range of programs and this is likely one of them. It is in the community center and the city’s best interest for a high membership as it makes the community center more self sufficient. There is women’s open hockey while there is not men’s open hockey.
Why can’t the men’s open gym be co-ed? Perhaps it can be. It is also possible that men just want to play with men, thus the demand, and that is why it is classified as men’s. You would have to ask those directly involved to get to the answer on that one.

I appreciate you looking
by mcdebit
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I appreciate you looking into the matter… However, I am still confused as to why “open men’s basketball, and open men’s soccer” are offered but not women’s basketball or soccer. I completly agree with isdeps, “I’m just asking to have this opportunity for women. I’ll even take Co-Ed Adult Open Gym.” (he/she should have clarified “basketball” instead of saying “open gym”, since that is what the main issue is…)
It seems to me like Tom Redman is going around the issue. The comment “As you can see and as you know we are certainly willing to work with just about anyone” is false… if it were true, than perhaps isdeps would have received a call back which he/she clearly did not per her post..
I don’t understand the need for people to be argumentative instead of just noticing the obvious… if you offer men’s basketball, it only makes sense to offer women’s basketball, (unless there is no demand, which there clearly is).

"Gym" has been changed to
by isdeps
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“Gym” has been changed to “Basketball” in the original posting. I wonder if Tom Redman has a different comment now that the post is re-written?

Thanks so much Mollee for
by isdeps
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Thanks so much Mollee for inquiring about a Men’s Open Gym. I guess Tom needed to hear “Open Men’s Basketball” or maybe I should have posted that. And we have inquired specifically about “Women’s Open Basketball” or “Open Women’s Basketball” or however Tom wants to hear it and nothing has been done.
Thanks again, Mollee.

I emailed Tom Redman about
by Mollee Francisco
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I emailed Tom Redman about open gym and he replied saying “we do not have a men’s open gym. Nor to answer your question do we have a women’s open gym. Women are welcome in the gyms anytime they are open as are men. We also have open art, open gym, open skate, open volleyball, open men’s basketball, and men’s open soccer.
”As you can see and as you know we are certainly willing to work with just about anyone from pre-school through AOA that may have an interest in staying active. If you know of someone that might be interested in helping organize something please let me know."
(Mollee Francisco is a staff writer for the Chaska Herald. She can be reached at mfrancisco@swpub.com.)

Thank you for the post! I
by mcdebit
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Thank you for the post! I too am a woman and would love an opportunity to play competitive basketball! Yesterday, I went to the Community Center to play basketball and was extremely disappointed. Not only was the gym overcrowded, there was a loose floorboard that was not level with the floor and my foot got caught on it, causing me to twist my ankle. It is frustrating to think that I paid $6.75 to “play basketball” for 20 minutes and then have to leave because of a swollen ankle. On my way out, I stopped at the front desk to inform someone of the incident to hopefully prevent the inevitable future injury to someone else if not repaired. I began telling a man how a floor board was loose by one of the baskets and before I could finish my sentence, he said, “Oh oh, the one when you first walk in?” If he already knew what I was talking about, I am confused as to why nothing was done about it…
Today, I wanted to follow up with the Community Center and inform someone during the day about the flooring as well. I left a message for a woman named Karen in the morning. In the afternoon, I called again and was able to speak with someone. I explained the situation causing me to roll my ankle and her response was, “I’ll fill out a maintenance report.” …and that was the end of our conversation.
I encourage anyone who has had the same experience to contact the Chaska Community Center and express your concern. Apparently, one incident report isn’t enough to have something done. Hopefully this won’t be one of those situations where they wait until someone is severely injured to make the necessary repair.

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