From time to time, I get e-mails asking questions about various topics. As some of the postings gets lengthy, the poster remarks that she is playing at a level of competition that offers little if any chance of advancing, competitively. Either there is no girl’s league beyond her current experience, or the next level is all boys … and boys only.
It’s very difficult to address the realities of this game and how unfair and unreasonable it can be at time.
However there are good reasons why an all male league is, more often than not, reasonable. For example, in the 15 year old and over leagues, things can get really dicey. Physical contact is not uncommon as is the aggressiveness of the tempo. Add to this “bench clearing” and other forms of anger can put many at risk of serious injuries.
However, as disappointing and “not the answer I’m looking for,” is the response I get a lot, I do have a suggestion.
Form a all girls baseball team - whatever age suits the pool of players, just be mindful of not to spread the age thing too far to the extremes. In other words, don’t form a club with an age range from 12 to 18. So find a happy medium and get at least 15 players. Then practice the best you can, and as often as you can. Then find a group of guys who are having a club practice on a baseball field, and all the girls walk up to the coach and asked for a pickup game. If the coach says no, just tell him… " that’s the smart thing to do … wouldn’t want to be beaten by a bunch of girls." Then sit on the sidelines somewhere and heckle the guys. You’ll have your game in no time. JUST ONE THING – NO TAKING OUT THE SECOND BASEMAN OR THE CATCHER. Any player does that, the game is over and a forfeit.
So, you gals want to play ball… here’s a way to have your chance in real time.
When and if you do, someone come back here, give us a YouTube video of you hammering some guys. Just be polite about it. (yah right)