You may be a girl who will discover Hardball Baseball this Spring. Try it – you may become really excited about.
Many girls seem to make that discovery with Softball since there are so many girls playing the sport. But Softball isn’t the same sport as Baseball. (Here is a comparison between the two on Wikipedia Dot Org.)
Some girls start young playing Baseball and don’t want to switch to Softball – some Softball playing girls try Baseball and enjoy it. Even if they never give Softball a try: for some girls it just doesn’t interest them even looking at it from a distance. Even if they have good friends in school who enjoy Softball – they get together at other times to do other stuff.
Some girls who play Softball in the Spring try Baseball in the Fall (in San Francisco, there is no Fall Girls Softball in our local Little League – some of the more daring and skilled Softball girls try Baseball and enjoy it – seemingly more than some of the boys who have been playing Baseball as long as the girls have been playing Softball!)
Some of you have friends who do any number of activities: play the piano; discover dance; enjoy making things with art and craft supplies; MySpace and Facebook are very popular and are places on the Internet easy to access and to explore for hours (even though you are supposed to be a certain age to create your own pages… ;-))
But what is it going to take to get out of your chair, away from the computer, and move around?
Spring is coming up very soon. Baseball registration, at all levels, comes up in the next few weeks.
You can sign up at Little League; Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth; Protect our Nations’ Youth (PONY); if you are already skilled enough – from playing Baseball or Softball – you have the opportunity to try out for American Legion Baseball.
if you have a local Recreation & Park league – or one of the other community organizations such as Boys & Girls Club or Police Activities League (PAL); YMCA or JCC: you have every right and opportunity to sign up for BASEBALL:
NO PERSON OR ORGANIZATION CAN PREVENT YOU FROM SIGNING UP FOR AND PLAYING HARDBALL BASEBALL IN ANY COMMUNITY LEAGUE THAT EITHER RECEIVES PUBLIC FUNDING OR PLAYS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.*
(except your parents or legal guardian, of course… – and if they don’t believe it have them read this survey taken a couple of years ago that may help them with the idea that you are allowed to sign up for Baseball even if the league organizers and directors tell you and your parents otherwise…)
No matter what you are told by the leagues and community organizations: you don’t have to play Softball if prefer Baseball:
it is not only the law for all citizens and residents of the United States of America – it may just be the right activity for you to reach for great things in life!
if you have any questions about this please consider visiting the Women’s Sports Foundation web site to discover your rights and contact them direct for any support you may need.
(*Originally, “Public funding” would mean Federal funding. But most public organizations and facilities receive monies from that source, either indirect or directly through more local organizations – “follow the money,” as they say.)
Also, in Middle and High School, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, you always have the option of trying out – but making the team is at the discretion of the coach and can be hard to verify if they were biased in their decision to allow you to make the cut. But, there are girls who not only try out but make the team and play in the regular season games, some of whom are the team’s best competitive performers. if you have any questions about this you can contact your state or local School Association representatives direct – here is a link to locate yours.)
Originally posted January 5, 2008