Wynnie, I have a special gift for you from Jean Ardell, the author of "Breaking Into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime." I'd like to mail it to you asap, but I have no mailing address for you. if you e mail it to me at my private address, firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll send it off to you asap.
When one door closes, another one will open for you. Just as I and Tiffany and so many of us have done, you will make your own opportunities even when people take some away from you. Life is often unfair, and the best we can do is remain optimistic and committed to our goals no matter what anyone else says! There are many options open to you, and I know you'll find somewhere to play where you'll be happy and your teammates will be happy you're on their side.
That's very infortunate... but like you said, it's their loss. And yes, it is illegal to do what they did... but if you don't want to pursue it, that's your choice. Good luck with the 19U team! Hopefully, the coach will not do the same to you. You seem to have a very good head on your shoulders. Keep up the hard work, and you will be rewarded soon! I'd love to meet you and have you join the Liberty Belles when we play again.
People who think like that coach who cut you will be left in the dust for sure!!! The baseball coach of my high school (back in the 1980s) told my dad that girls don't play baseball... when my dad told him my sister and I wanted to try out for the team. He should read my baseball resume! He'd feel like such a fool! His daughter is one of my friends on Facebook (we played softball together in high school), and I make sure I post a TON about my baseball experiences!
That is really too bad and disappointing, Wynnie... since you did so well. What is the reasoning they gave you for cutting you? I'm curious.
Unfortunately, many places and many people aren't ready for female baseball players yet. It completely blows my mind away. It's a sport... just like any other sport... and has nothing to do with gender. Yet, some guys still believe it's their birthright to exclusively play the game while keeping females out of it. It's absolutely completely absurd.
I'm very sorry to hear you got cut. It sounds like you did a GREAT job! Be PROUD of yourself and don't give up the game. Is there a travel ball team you can try out for? Keep working... stay sharp. Let's see what we can do about some opportunities with the Liberty Belles. Also, I know some girls have transferred to a different High School to get playing opportunities. Is this a possibility for you?
And.. I didn't get to play HS Baseball, but now I've been so fortunate to sign a contract and get my shot... you can do the same! Feel free to send me a message here also. Hang in there, and congrats on an excellent tryout!
Hang in there! Stay within yourself... do what you do best, and shine at it! As for the politics... you can't control that. All you can do is blend well with the guys and the best way to do that is to be a ballplayer... not a male ballplayer, not a female ballplayer...just a ballplayer! Best of luck and keep me posted. I'm pulling for ya!
Sounds great! Yeah, I know exactly what you mean about not knowing whether they will accept a girl on the team... unfortunately. It shouldn't matter at all, as long as you can play. Hopefully soon, girls and women won't have to put up with that any longer.