Planning your daughter’s spring/summer extracurricular? Don’t make the mistake of only putting her into ‘girls activities’!
My hubby is the VP for a baseball league in Toronto, Annette Baseball Association. He spends countless hours putting his heart and soul into the league and through this, I get to hear absolutely everything about registration numbers, website updates, team schedules, equipment and so much more.
The one thing that stands out to me every single year is the LACK of girls who are registering.
The Annette Baseball Association is a thriving league that builds so many strong qualities in children and prides itself on equal opportunities for all kids. Annette has leagues catering to ages 4 to 15. All teams are co-ed.
Annette Baseball wants more girls to register, and so do I. Yet, the numbers skew heavily towards boys…
In 2016 just 12% of total registered were girls. In 2017 it dropped down to 9% and so far this year the number of girls registered currently sits at 9%.
As a woman and a kid who played baseball, I am saddened by these numbers. Yes, there are ‘all girls’ leagues available, but not in every community. This is why signing your daughter up to a co-ed team is a great alternative.
Here’s why co-ed baseball is important to your daughter’s future.
- Teamwork. It encourages boys and girls to engage in a team environment, work towards the same goal and to support one another.
- Equality. It communicates to boys that girls are equals and are just as capable of hitting a home run or stealing second base.
- Removes gender roles. What co-ed baseball really does is get kids to stop thinking about the gender roles and just focus on one united team.
It’s sad to say, but I’ve heard young boys makes comments to other kids like ‘you run like a girl’ or ‘you throw like a girl’. In this day and age, I wouldn’t expect to hear this, but it still happens. By getting boys and girls together on the same team helps removes these stereotypes.
The Larger Issue.
Even though we are specifically talking about baseball today, the bigger theme here is getting your daughter involved in gender-neutral activities and I’m a firm believer that should start young.Get your daughter involved in gender-neutral activities from a young age. This opens up her perspective and her future in so many ways. Click To Tweet
- If you are buying a gift for a girl don’t assume that Barbie or a purse is the way to go – get them a baseball glove, a soccer ball or any fun activity like a puzzle or board game.
- Parents, while you’re planning your daughter’s activities this year, don’t just think about gymnastics, ballet and other ‘girl’ centred activities. I’m not saying to avoid these activities, but definitely get your daughter to try some new things – baseball, horse riding, hockey, taekwondo, etc.
As adults and parents, I think we can all agree that building our girls up and showing their strength in everything that they do… sports, school, career, builds the foundation for even more equal opportunities for girls and women in the future…This may be by enrolling them in new sports, enabling them to continue down an unconventional path… or it may be by supporting them in a traditional path.
They key here is to think outside of the box for your daughter, let her try different things and embrace what she loves.
If you are interested in getting your daughter to play baseball? Look into registration now! It’s a popular sport and gets booked up early in the year.
If you live in the west end of Toronto and are looking for a great league – I can’t recommend Annette Baseball Association enough. You can learn more about their house league teams here and can register here.
I’d love to know…
Does your daughter play baseball or another sport? What’s the experience been like? Share in the comments section below.
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