Yet the history of women playing baseball goes as far back as the 1830s. They played on barnstorming “Bloomer Girls” teams, on amateur teams and at colleges.
In 1931, a 17-year-old girl named Jackie Mitchell of the Lookouts struck out and consecutively in an exhibition game. Mamie “Peanut” Johnson pitched against male players in the for several seasons. Women’s teams played one another during World War II, as depicted in the movie But in 1952, officially banned women’s contracts.
The flimsiness of arguments against women’s participation was on display in the desperate legal efforts of Little League to bar girls after a string of lawsuits in 1973. Officials claimed that baseball was “a contact sport”; that boys would quit if girls were allowed; that girls’ bones were weaker than boys’; that facial injuries could ruin a girl’s looks and therefore prospects in life; and, most outlandishly, that girls struck in the chest by a ball might later develop . One Little League vice president expressed his concern that coaches would not be able to “pat girls on the rear end the way they naturally do to boys.”
Girls are now allowed in Little League. And they have the legal right under Title IX to play baseball on a school-sponsored boys’ team if there is no girls’ team available, which there usually is not (and no, softball doesn’t count): “The law is very clear,” says Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Nevertheless, teams often balk when girls want to play hardball. Last year, 14-year-old Jasmine Miles was barred from the boys’ team at her middle school. She had played on the team in seventh grade. “The coach thought I was pretty good,” she said over the phone, adding that he often had her play with the more advanced eighth-grade team. But when she wanted to try out for the team this year, “They said I couldn’t play because I was a girl.”
She was told to play softball, with the school district claiming that it was equivalent to baseball and thus complied with Title IX. Instead, she played baseball on a mixed-gender team in the local youth baseball league — which she will age out of when she turns 15.
Even where no official rules keep them out of baseball, girls face enormous pressure to switch to softball. “They get chased right out of middle-school baseball,” said Jennifer Ring, the author of “Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball,” whose daughter fought to play in high school and played a season on ’s Division III men’s team. When a girl persists in playing, Ms. Ring said, “you can’t count on it being a good experience, because you have to explain why you’re even there.”
Last year, 474,791 American boys played high school baseball, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations; 1,259 girls did. In some cases these girls were the only ones in their entire state. No college scholarships lie ahead, as they do in softball. Without the development of skills and talent at the high school and college level, a national women’s baseball team that plays in a World Cup will be treated as little more than a curiosity, struggling to find the attention it deserves.
What if we just admitted that softball and baseball are not, in fact, “separate but equal” but entirely different sports? There is no rational basis to claim that girls can’t throw overhand, run 90 feet between bases or handle a hardball. And there is no reason but sexism to prevent them from doing so.Continue reading the main story
Select from the best softball slogans for shirts, banners, posters, t-shirts, jerseys, signs, warm-ups, locker room and more. Inspire your fan base, motivate the team and liven up the crowd! You’ll find slogans and sayings for all usage occasions.
The Best Slogans and Sayings for Softball
You can’t steal second with one foot on first.
Live – Love – Pitch.
Run hard; turn left.
A girl’s place is at home.
4 bases, 3 strikes, 2 teams, 1 winner.
Seek and Destroy.
Throw, hit, catch, smile, and repeat. (The shampoo bottle approach to softball slogans.)
If baseball is life, softball is heaven.
Funny softball slogans
- We’re so good your moms cheers for us!
- In softball, good girls steal.
- Diamond Divas
- Call us butter cause we on a roll
- Softball: There’s nothing soft about it, it just leaves a bigger bruise.
- Softball is not for Softies
- Stay in the dugout. You might get hurt.
- Chicks with sticks
- Friends don’t let friends play slow pitch
- Save the drama for your mama, we’re here to play
Only the Strong Survive – OTSS
Softball is for everyone; fast-pitch is for athletes!
- Outplay, Outwork, Outlast!
- Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games
- There’s no traffic on the extra mile
- Our blood, our sweat, your tears.
- One TEAM One DREAM
- Win the Day
- Victory requires payment in advance
- All out, all the time
- How do you want be remembered?
- Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds
Go hard or go home
There’s no place like home
Teamwork makes the dream work
A girl’s place IS at home
Softball: Where Good Girls Steal
There’s no traffic on the extra mile
Play hard, Play Smart, Play together
Attitude is everything
There can only be one #1
Hustle and heart set us apart
One Team, One Fight
It’s not how good you are, it’s how bad you want it.
Be the BEST!
Softball Team Mottos
Queen of Diamonds
7 days without softball makes one weak (Sometimes good softball slogans depend on a pun.)
The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.
Be prepared! “If only” are the famous last words of those who weren’t.
Actions speak louder than coaches
Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones.
To demand more of yourself than you do of others is the first step on any ladder of success.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Heart is the difference between those who attempt and those who achieve
Play like you’re in first; train like you’re in second
Sometimes it’s not how GOOD you are, but how BAD you want it
Make your competitive juices overcome your excuses
Hard luck is composed of laziness, bad judgment, and poor execution.
Victory comes to those who make the least mistakes.
Reaching high keeps a man on his toes.
Bad habits are like a good bed – easy to get into but difficult to get out of.
“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything – “I will try” has performed miracles.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Sometimes it’s not how good you are, but how bad you want it
The difference between Ordinary and Extraordinary is that little Extra
It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
The ones who have talent are good but the ones who practice are great.
If you don’t play fast-pitch, don’t say you play softball.
Play like there is no tomorrow
The pain won’t last forever, but the memories will
Play the game you love and love the game you play
Cool Softball Sayings
All it takes is all you’ve got
All Out, All Day
Heart is the difference between those who attempt and those who achieve.
Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
Keep the Dream Alive
Sometimes it’s not how good you are, but how bad you want it.
Believe in TEAM
Play like you’re in first place, train like you’re in second
Refuse to Lose
There’s no shame in our game
Victory is the goal. Determination gets you there.
Softball is life with the volume turned up. How loud is your game? Crank it up!
Leave it all on the Field
Fun Softball Motivational Words
Success: Nothing Less
You gotta want it to win it
Your mom called. You left your game at home.
We are not interested in the possibility of defeat
Put your ego aside and play as a team
Four bases, three strikes, two teams, one winner.
R Team R Town
The price of greatness is responsibility.
When you play ball, leave it all
Fast and Furious.
The true champion believes in the impossible.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Winners in life don’t always win; they just don’t give up.
Make good habits and they will make you.
No one is a failure until they stop trying.
It is very hard to win when your thoughts turn to losing.
Fun Fact: George Hancock is recognized as the inventor of softball. Read more on the history of softball here.
- Opportunity may knock, but you must open the door.
- Defeat isn’t bitter if you don’t swallow it.
- The true champion loses many battles before winning the war.
- The greatest game you can win is won within.
- To be satisfied with yourself is a sure sign that your forward motion has stopped.
- It isn’t the hours you put in, but what you put in the hours.
- The harder you work, the harder it is to lose.
- The harder we work, the luckier we get
- Outwork the competition
Out of yourself and into the TEAM
Tradition never graduates
No Slogan Necessary
If it’s going to be, it’s up to me
Champions play as one
How do you want to be remembered?
Love the Game
Unity in Adversity
Play like a Champion Today
Working hard; playing harder
Demand respect or expect defeat
Team is everything
Sweat plus Sacrifice equals Success
More than a Game
Bringing out the best in each other!
Winners are born; Champions are made
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.
There’s only a little difference between Champs and Chumps.
Never give up – never back down – never lose faith
If you want to finish second, follow us!
Surrender the ME for the WE. (Softball slogans that rhyme are a good thing!)
All you got, all the time
Keep the Dream alive
In softball, good girls steal
In this give and take world, winners give what it takes
Friends don’t let friends play slow pitch
To play against me you gotta have guts. To play against my team you gotta be nuts.
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