Project Title

Girl's Softball in Richmond, Kentucky

Presenter Hometown

Chantilly, Virginia

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

John McChesney

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

From the sport’s creation in 1876, women’s fastpitch softball is a sport that has evolved nationally and worldwide. The organization of travel fastpitch softball teams, with participants ranging from 8 to 18 years old, has encouraged and increased the competitiveness of the game. Travel teams saw tremendous growth in the early 2000s. Nationwide tournaments that host the most talented teams attract hundreds of collegiate coaches to scout potential future players in hopes of offering them the ultimate goal: a college scholarship. While many cities and states are well advanced in the sport, there are some cities that struggle to grow. Richmond, Kentucky is a location where girl’s softball is present, however, the sport is struggling to expand. Factors that affect the growth and advancement of girl’s softball in Richmond include, funding, quality and amount of adequate facilities, the absence of experienced coaches and loss of interest. The research question to be examined is how do we improve these factors so that girl’s softball in Richmond can grow? This study involved a literature review as well as interviews with players, coaches, and parks and recreation professionals to ascertain the issues facing girls’ softball in Richmond, Kentucky.

Presentation format

Poster

Poster Number

099

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Girl's Softball in Richmond, Kentucky

From the sport’s creation in 1876, women’s fastpitch softball is a sport that has evolved nationally and worldwide. The organization of travel fastpitch softball teams, with participants ranging from 8 to 18 years old, has encouraged and increased the competitiveness of the game. Travel teams saw tremendous growth in the early 2000s. Nationwide tournaments that host the most talented teams attract hundreds of collegiate coaches to scout potential future players in hopes of offering them the ultimate goal: a college scholarship. While many cities and states are well advanced in the sport, there are some cities that struggle to grow. Richmond, Kentucky is a location where girl’s softball is present, however, the sport is struggling to expand. Factors that affect the growth and advancement of girl’s softball in Richmond include, funding, quality and amount of adequate facilities, the absence of experienced coaches and loss of interest. The research question to be examined is how do we improve these factors so that girl’s softball in Richmond can grow? This study involved a literature review as well as interviews with players, coaches, and parks and recreation professionals to ascertain the issues facing girls’ softball in Richmond, Kentucky.