SURVEY RESULTS FROM THE SUMMER OF 2005, LITTLE LEAGUE FOR DISTRICTS IN MICHIGAN DISTRICT 2 (KALAMAZOO) & DISTRICT 5 (ROMULUS); INDIANA DISTRICTS 11(SOUTH BEND) & 14 (ELKHART & MISHAWAKA); ILLINOIS DISTRICT 11 (DUPAGE AND WESTERN WILL COUNTY) & DISTRICT 10 (WESTERN SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY).
A TOTAL OF 447 INDIVIDUALS (238 INDIANA; 103 MICHIGAN AND 106 ILLINOIS) WERE QUERIED, ALL HAVING DAUGHTERS CURRENTLY PLAYING SANCTIONED LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL.
1) At your local Little League sign-ups, are male and female players asked during sign-ups if they would like to play baseball or softball. 437 (98.2%) said no.
2) Are you aware that girls can play baseball in little league beyond the T-ball or instructional level? 93 (20.8%) said yes; 354 (79.2%) said no)
3) Do you know that Little League offers a sanction softball program for boys only? (443 (99.1%) said no.
4) Are you aware that if there are not enough boys to create a “boys only” softball team, those boys have two choices, either they must play baseball or not play at all? 447 (100%) said they were not aware of that boys then could not participate in softball.
5) Would you support the creation of a Little League “Girls Only” baseball program? 391 (87.4%) said they would support such a program.
6) If a separate baseball program existed beyond T-ball or Instructional levels, would your daughters participate in it? 169 (37.8%) said that their daughters would opt to play baseball.
7) If there were not sufficient numbers to support a girls baseball program at your Little League, should girls still be allowed to play baseball on a mixed team? 413 (92.4%) said that mixed teams would be acceptable.
8) If there were not enough boys to support a boys softball program at your Little League, should boys be allowed to play softball on a mixed team? 397 (88.8%) said that a mixed team would be acceptable.
9) Why does your daughter participate in the softball and not baseball? 317 (70.9%) said that they or their daughters do not want to play against boys; 83 (18.6%) said it would not benefit them if they wanted to get a college scholarship and 47 (10.5%) said that they didn’t think there was any sort of opportunity for them to continue to play as they got older.
10) IF your daughter did play baseball, at what age would it be to be acceptable for her to play with or against boys of the same age?
Eight to 10 years of age, 421 (94.2%) said that it would be acceptable.
Ages 11 and 12, 136 (30.4%) said it would be acceptable.
Ages 13 and older, 7 (.02%) said it would be acceptable.