For girls baseball, a field of dreams for aspiring stars

When she’s out on the baseball field, people aren’t shy of criticizing Devyn Whitten’s choice of sport. ‘You shouldn’t be out there.’ ‘Go play softball with the other girls.

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This weekend, 65 baseball players from across the country will gather in Vero Beach, Fla., for the MLB’s second Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series.

Of those participating in the program, three are area players with dreams of playing for the U.S. women’s national baseball team.

For Whitten (Klein Collins), Katherine Kelley (Bellaire) and Delaney Dunham (Barbers Hill), the Breakthrough Series could bring them a step closer to reaching that goal.

While not everyone is accepting of female baseball players, Whitten takes the criticism and turns it into a positive, she said, proving that she belongs on the field as much as anyone else.

Date: 2019-06-13T18:33:12+00:00
Author: Arianna Vedia
Twitter: @houstonchron
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In Focus: How the NCAA’s institutional barriers shut out black coaches

Editor’s note: When this article refers to Division I schools and their statistics, HBCUs are excluded from the numbers.

When former Northwestern assistant coach Pat Baldwin started playing basketball at six years old, his future career plans were different than most.

While many kids dream of making it to the NBA, Baldwin aspired to be a professional coach. Most young players grew up imitating Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson; Baldwin looked up to the all-time great coaches. He got his first experience coaching children as a high school student.

‘I put the towel over my shoulder like John Thompson would back when I was watching the Georgetown days,’ Baldwin said of the experience. ‘At that point, I was emulating coaches.’

Publisher: The Daily Northwestern
Date: 2019-05-28T07:30:21+00:00
Author: Andrew Golden
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Stewart’s love for baseball keeps growing, as does her skill [column]

Sydney Stewart’s first love has lasted nearly nine years, and the passing of time only seems to make it grow stronger.

Oh, she has discovered a second interest. But it doesn’t fill her dreams of the future the way Number One does. And meanwhile, she has lots of guy friends ‘ which is just what you’d expect from any member of a scholastic baseball team.

‘When I play baseball, I’m just one of the guys,’ Stewart, an Elizabethtown High School freshman and aspiring diamond king (queen?), said in a recent chat from her home.

Just to be clear, we are talking baseball here. Stewart has loved the sport since she began tee ball at age 6, and now she’s preparing for a variety of roles ‘ including pitcher ‘ on coach Herb Miller’s JV Bears.

Publisher: LancasterOnline
Date: 2B99F54CA617112F75CE495FAAFCA280
Twitter: @lancasteronline
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Women’s sports aren’t respected: Tell me why

The WNBA, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, the LPGA, volleyball, and some softball. Those sports are where you see women showcase their talents professionally. The issue is that none of those sports have much popularity. Not enough that is.

Women’s sports don’t get enough attention because the sport is ‘too slow’, they ‘aren’t as talented’, they aren’t ‘fast enough’, they aren’t ‘strong enough’, and their games ‘aren’t as exciting’.’

Men’s sports. There is another issue. Why are we comparing women’s sports to men’s sports. If they were meant to be compared we would have co-ed professional sports. Women’s sports are exciting.’

Publisher: The Chart
Author: Trey Vaughan Sports Editor
Twitter: @TheChartOnline
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