Quiz the Coach - I Wanna Play Baseball
Quiz the coach helps teen and tweens with sports and fitness related issues and problems like obesity, healthy eating questions, skateboard tricks and P.E. dilemnas. - Page 3
I like baseball but people tell me girls can't play baseball, only softball. I want to know if that's true because I want to go out for baseball but the guys say they will not let me because I'm a girl. I'm good at baseball, so what's the big deal?
Hey sportschick2003Grab your glove and go play ball! You have as much right as any boy to play baseball. There are few all-girl baseball teams or leagues in North America, as girls usually play softball, rather than baseball. But don't let that stop you from playing a sport you're good at, even if everyone else on the team is a boy. Some people may tell you that, "girls usually play softball" or "you'll be the only girl on the team." Guys can't stop you from playing baseball - it's your right!
In 1951, the first girl played Little League baseball. She was 11 year-old Kathryn Johnston who changed her name to Tubby and cut her hair short so the coach would think she was a boy. When Little League baseball found out, they passed a rule which barred girls from playing Little League. Little League Baseball officially allowed girls to play in 1974, when the courts allowed 12 year-old Maria Pepe to play in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since then, hundreds of girls have played Little League baseball and eight girls have played in the Little League World Series.
The Coach's Useless TriviaThe first women's pro softball league was formed in Chicago in 1944 and was called the All-American Girls Ball League. One of the league's rules was that women in the league, "couldn't smoke or drink and they couldn't date."
Do you need tips or advice on sports, fitness or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.