Informative Essay Nahayla


Have you ever wanted to play something so bad that the only way you could play was to join a Workingwomen’s teams sponsored by businesses? Well, Frances Kidd did, she had gained access to a boy's ball team, by her cousin. Kidd knew deep down that her freedom to continue a competitive sport was uncommon, but some girls and women like Kidd found a way to play competitive sports. The development of women’s softball was far from a tale of steady progress. Softball has a very long history.

According to Lissa Smith in the book Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in sports, softball has been around since 1887, it was seen as a safer alternative then the faster game of baseball. Nearly as long as the history of women on baseball is the history of women who played softball. Many of female baseball players had learned their craft first as softball players. Many females started playing baseball while their husbands, brothers, fathers, and children, where fighting in the war. When they came home to find out that they have been playing baseball they didn't like it. Some females became umpires, male players as well as the primarily male fans clearly felt inhibited in the female umpire's presence (Smith).

In the book, Softball With Official Rules is about how the game came to be and the previous and current rules of the game. The name "Softball" is today applied to the game that also been known as Sissy ball, kitten ball, and mush ball. The difference in the names and conflicts in rules had caused so much confusion that in 1923, at Springfield, Illinois, a committee of men who were directing public recreation programs in the cities throughout the United States. Playground leaders in Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as Chicago saw the possibilities of the game and soon worked out a code of rules. At a meeting called the Joint Rules Committee on Softball, it was decided to invite other national organizations to the membership.A group known as the Playground Baseball Committee, set to work to standardize Softball play (Noren).

The rules of baseball were too complicated for informal play. The men's baseball game was not very suitable for girls because the throwing distance between bases was to great and it was "too" dangerous. American Physical Education Association appointed a committee to draw up rules for "baseball modified". Short periods of activity interested with long periods of rest make it possible for the girl who is not quite strong enough for basketball or hockey to participate. These modified rules, which should always be used, have gone far in making the game safe for girls and women (Mitchell).

Softball has a long history. Softball was first played in 1887 and never stopped since. It went through different names and stages, but through all of that jungle of a mess they came out with what we call softball today. Baseball might have been hard enough for women to play and more popular, but at the end of it softball is as hard, complicated, and competitive as baseball. Although Francis kidd started playing baseball with her cousin, she later became one of the women in Minnesota’s high schools that played softball. In 1920, Minnesota’s high schools seemed willing to encourage girls’ sports by awarding athletic letters to players such as Frances Kidd. To me softball is a way to make friends and to be competitive, without really being mean. Kidd got what she worked hard for and what she earned. So what can you make out of hard work and dedication, what do you have for later women in the United States?

Works Cited

  • Noren, Arthur T. Softball With Official Rules. New York: Ronald Press Co, 1966. Print.
  • Smith, Lissa. Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998. Print.
  • Mitchell, A. Viola. Softball for Girls. New York: A.S. Barnes, 1943. Print.

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