Girl OK'd to try out for baseball team

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Phred

United States

#1 Mar 1, 2008
I hope she makes the team.
life in your way

Elgin, IL

#2 Mar 1, 2008
what the h*ll??? hmm isnt there softball for a reason??? where are the parents??? Most men cant even play high school baseball??? im confused??? 80 plus ball speed...? slidding into base....? that just sounds scary...
Truth

United States

#4 Mar 1, 2008
Hmmm...Wonder if boys will be allowed to try out for volleyball?
Foul Ball

AOL

#5 Mar 1, 2008
I guarantee if a boy wanted to try out for Wabash's softball team it would not be allowed. I hope this young girl's parents remembers the Tom Hanks line from A League of Their Own, "There's no crying in baseball."
GO Boilers

Evansville, IN

#6 Mar 1, 2008
Boys play volleyball as a spring sport now available in indiana high schools. So boys have to chose baseball, track, golf, or volleyball.

My guess this girl will make the team. She probably grew up playing baseball instead of softball. Watch out she might become the starting pitcher or catcher
IU Fan

Barnesville, OH

#7 Mar 8, 2008
No one ever said that they have to keep her on the team. Plus, softball started March 3rd...so if she gets cut from the baseball team what is she to do? I wish her the best of luck...but like was said before...they have softball for a reason!
Blake Ress

United States

#8 Mar 8, 2008
We also felt that having to move from California to Wabash was punishment enough. What is that smell?

Since: Feb 08

circle city

#9 Mar 8, 2008
For some softball is boring. Its almost too easy. A lot of girls grow up watching baseball and football and play it with the neighborhood. Maybe she played alot of baseball as a kid and is just more comfortable with it. You make it sound like she wont be able to take it and she is just going to hurt herself. You never know she could be really awesome at baseball.
No Clue

United States

#10 Mar 8, 2008
Softball...too boring? Wow, go watch a high school baseball game. It is so slow I would rather wath paint dry. The short game and steals..there is a lot more action in softball. I am even seeing some of the slapping show up in MLB. You dont see girls graduate and if they cant go to college and play ball start playing baseball. You do see guys that dont go to play in college go play fast pitch.
bah bah black sheep

United States

#11 Mar 12, 2008
i think this is stupid!!!

Since: Jan 08

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Mar 12, 2008
i agree. men should be allowed to try out for softball if she is allowed to try out for baseball. fair is fair.
Be A Man

Mooresville, IN

#13 Mar 18, 2008
Just another example of why the IHSAA should be down away with. They have turned into nothing more than "PR spin people" for the Indiana Department of Education. Every boy who is told he is too slow, small, or weak to make the baseball team, should immediately try out for softball. He will be a monster by comparison to his other competitors. Coaches add players all the time so missing the try outs is no big deal.
Baseball Mom

Chicago, IL

#14 Mar 23, 2008
To all here She did not make the team, Turns out she was not that good and could not compete with the boys. She just started playing at age 9 and was not even on a team lately. The one she did play on down at the park from what the kids said who played with her she wasnt that good. she should have left the media out of this!!!!!
Joe

Carmel, IN

#15 Mar 24, 2008
First, my condolences to the young lady who tried (and apparently failed) to make the school team. I'm sure that was disappointing, and you have my condolences.

That said, I must honestly say I don't understand the reaction of the posters on this board. It is not like the free world will fall apart if a girl made the high school team. I quite frankly don't see what the big issue is. Most girls are not physically able to compete with boys in high school, so most girls cannot make boys' teams. If, however, a girl is physically able to compete, and if the same sport doesn't exist as a girls' sport, what is the harm with letting her play on the boy's team? If she is good enough ot do so, why should we tell her that she cannot?

Since: Jan 08

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Mar 24, 2008
Joe wrote:
First, my condolences to the young lady who tried (and apparently failed) to make the school team. I'm sure that was disappointing, and you have my condolences.
That said, I must honestly say I don't understand the reaction of the posters on this board. It is not like the free world will fall apart if a girl made the high school team. I quite frankly don't see what the big issue is. Most girls are not physically able to compete with boys in high school, so most girls cannot make boys' teams. If, however, a girl is physically able to compete, and if the same sport doesn't exist as a girls' sport, what is the harm with letting her play on the boy's team? If she is good enough ot do so, why should we tell her that she cannot?
the issue is the double standard it creates. There was a comperable sport (softball). It is only fair and equal for it to go both ways if it goes one way. It reminds me of the PGA Tour. Michelle Wie was getting sponsors exemptions to play on the men's tour, but men were not allowed to play on the women's tour. Im all for whatever they decide, so long as there is equality.
Joe

Carmel, IN

#17 Mar 24, 2008
Sabinus wrote:
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the issue is the double standard it creates. There was a comperable sport (softball). It is only fair and equal for it to go both ways if it goes one way. It reminds me of the PGA Tour. Michelle Wie was getting sponsors exemptions to play on the men's tour, but men were not allowed to play on the women's tour. Im all for whatever they decide, so long as there is equality.
I agree with you in principle. What I disagree with is whether softball is comparable to baseball. If a girl wanted to play basketball, for instance, I would say she should play on the girl's team--for, girl's basketball is plainly comparable to boy's basketball (except in Iowa, but that's a different story). The same is true with the Michelle Wie situation -- I was troubled by that as well.

It seems to me, though, that this situation is different. The rules for softball are different than the rules for baseball, and anyone who has played both sports can assert that while the concept of the games is the same, the actual games themselves are very different from one another.

Since: Jan 08

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Mar 24, 2008
Joe wrote:
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I agree with you in principle. What I disagree with is whether softball is comparable to baseball. If a girl wanted to play basketball, for instance, I would say she should play on the girl's team--for, girl's basketball is plainly comparable to boy's basketball (except in Iowa, but that's a different story). The same is true with the Michelle Wie situation -- I was troubled by that as well.
It seems to me, though, that this situation is different. The rules for softball are different than the rules for baseball, and anyone who has played both sports can assert that while the concept of the games is the same, the actual games themselves are very different from one another.
I will give you that, but then boys should be able to try out for softball because there isnt a "comperable sport".
Joe

Carmel, IN

#19 Mar 24, 2008
Sabinus wrote:
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I will give you that, but then boys should be able to try out for softball because there isnt a "comperable sport".
If boys and girls were physically equal in strength and athleticism, I would totally agree with you. However, boys tend to be physically stronger than girls. Thus, if they are allowed to try out for softball, it is likely that the sport will no longer be open to girls at all; for, boys who aren't good enough for the baseball team may still be physically superior to the girls who would go out for the softball team. Arguably, then, allowing boys to try out for girls' sports would have the likely effect of decreasing the opportunities for girls to play competitive sports.

Boys, on the other hand, do not face a comparable danger if girls are allowed to try out for boys' teams. As already stated, boys generally are physically stronger than girls by the high school years; thus, it is going to be the rare occasion when a girl is deemed 'good enough' to compete on a boys' team. Thus, while in those rare situations a particular boy might lose his opportunity to play his chosen sport because a girl made the team, boys in general would not see a decrease in opportunity to take part in competitive sports because girls were allowed to try out. Such a result would occur for girls, however, if boys were allowed to try out for girls' teams.

If we want true equality, while still allowing girls the opportunity to play sports, it seems we must offer only sports that have boys' and girls' teams (i.e., no 'girls softball' if there is not a 'boys softball' too). I maintain, though, we do not have to go this route: The number of girls who would actually be able to make a boys team is so small that such a drastic solution is unnecessary.
baseball dad

Chesapeake, VA

#20 Mar 31, 2008
Baseball Mom wrote:
To all here She did not make the team, Turns out she was not that good and could not compete with the boys. She just started playing at age 9 and was not even on a team lately. The one she did play on down at the park from what the kids said who played with her she wasnt that good. she should have left the media out of this!!!!!
first ,you must be from wabash keny,. you have a jerk for a coach, she was good as half the boys who made the team. wabat wanted pay back, the team knows that and so does the school.she good strike out your wippy son any time,your a big cry baby mommas
baseball dad

Chesapeake, VA

#21 Mar 31, 2008
ind. has a bunch of cry babys this girl make 13- boys teams all with try outs not like wabash hi school.where its fixed.we all feel sorry for all the girls at wabash for being defamed

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