High School Girls Sports

September 4, 2013
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How many can remember when Title XI burst on the scene in the 1970’s? All schools scrambled to try to find a way to meet the equal opportunity for women as compared to their male counterparts. This year at Batesville High School the girls’ soccer team had 50 girls come out for the sport. Since there are only varsity and JV teams, it was impossible to keep all 50 girls. The coaching staff did pare it down to 36. No one on the staff was happy about doing this, but playing time, uniforms, travel, etc., have to be taken into consideration. Also, it is not fair to make a young lady practice every night and not be able to give her playing time in a game. When I coached ladies’ teams in the 70’s, you had to recruit for two or three months just to find the bare minimum number of girls to field a team. Boy, how these times have changed! More power to the young ladies playing today, and to their pioneers who had the guts to buck the system. Today Batesville and most area schools field as many as 9 different girls’ teams, and if you have gymnastics and Lacrosse, this number is 11. Thanks, Billy Jean King!

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