… then, all involved take the sport seriously.
The unique cause of girls and women’s baseball requires funding at each level of the structure.
As a parent of a former boy and girl baseball player, I became intimately familiar with all costs associated particularly in travel ball.
As multi sport athletes this included durations remote from home spending on all travel related costs.
Local feed for Rec and Park and Little League while not extreme they all add up.
A not so irrelevant tangent are the costs of shuttling around your kids; taking time from work and career; the toll on same team parents coordinating and relying on one another for the services and costs.
Not the main point of this post but you get my meaning.
Recent changes to national sports betting laws will have a dramatic impact on all sports. Why not girls and women’s baseball? What a keen revenue generator it could become.
Many corporations, from startup to divisions of the top Entertsinment enterprises in the world provide the eyeballs for mega advertising and tracking of fans throughout their daily web journey including unrelated geeks thanks to cookies and other mechanisms.
No doubt the various leading web sites which advance the cause use various tools to put your interests front and center then through mechanisms like Google Ad Words, Facebook’s own ad revenue generator; Instagram’s; WhatsApp: you get the point.
It is a question of who is funding whom.
Baseball for All has a few upcoming tournaments which look terrific. Their costs to players and families are transparent.
What about MLB’s youth and woman programs: who subsidized them?
Now comes the challenging and possibly awkward list of issues:
If a city provides field space for local youth sports programs how will girls and women’s be served in baseball?
We hear of the nightmare tales of coaches and league representatives denying girls access to baseball. It is illegal to begin with and clearly no checks and balances at the local level to guarantee access equally.
If city taxes and registration fees are uniform and represent access for all citizens why are fields not equally provided including options for girls and women to play baseball?
Issues arise when parochial institutions who organize youth team sports will bar girls from playing with boys for purely arbitrary, philosophical, doctrinaire reason.
No longer one should challenge their right to this behavior considering separation of church and state in the USA, specifically. They must have a valid reason for enforcing these programmatic rules.
Only, when they use public lands, that is where we should get into problems. It should we?
The matter has been particularly cut and dry when federal dollars fund the specific public access facility in use.
In a recent incident, a rather interesting permutation became apparent:
US Army land was leased to a local youth baseball entity for public access. There were no accommodations for softball.
Allegedly the same youth baseball organization attempted to thwart the accommodation for softball by launching a girls baseball division: to preserve control over the field access for their own capacity needs.
However, they had to tangle with a lawyer who represented the softball interests who was also the father of a girl he hoped had the opportunity to earn college scholarship dollars same as the boys’ parents in future bids for college Basball opportunities.
Ultimately, all benefited as more fields were built for the two functions: ever notice you younger baseball diamond are about if not the same as softball fields in dimensions…?
To be continued…