When they arrived at Smith Field to sign up for the season, her family was told that the bylaws restricted girls from joining the league partly for fear they would get injured while roughhousing with boys.
When Alycia's mother, Paula, asked for more information, league president Thom Duffy said his league stands by its 37-year rule, and that girls are simply not allowed on any of the league's teams.
But Paula insists Alycia is a sports lover who excels at basketball and baseball, and that the league president is abiding by outdated rules. "Once my daughter puts that helmet on, it doesn't matter what gender she is," she says.
"She's a total tomboy. She can catch a ball better than some of these boys," Paula adds. "They told her she had to be a cheerleader. She said, 'I don't want to be a cheerleader; I want to play football.'"
The day after the rejection, Alycia received loads of support and invitations to play from neighboring youth football leagues, including the Ashtabula County Youth Football Association, The Geneva Midget Football League, and The Madison Youth Football League.
Alycia ultimately signed with The Buckeye Community Midget League, who welcomed her with open arms. "I was so sad, but now I'm happy I can finally play," Alycia says. "I can't wait for my first day of practice."
Do you think Alycia should be allowed to play?