Why can’t girls play baseball?

South Vancouver Little League team wins the Canadian championship. Photo courtesy of Connie Mah.

South Vancouver Little League team wins the Canadian championship.
Photo courtesy of Connie Mah

A girl from Vancouver becomes part of history.

Adapted from The Province by Nancy Carson
Level 2

South Vancouver’s Little League
baseball team was in the U.S.
for two weeks this summer.

The team won the Canadian
championships in Quebec,
in early August.

So, they won the chance to go to
the Little League World Series.
The series is always in the U.S.

Someone unusual
People at the series closely watched
one Vancouver player, Emma March.
They watched an American girl, too.
Why? Emma and Mo’ne Davis,
are only the 17th and 18th girls
to play in the series in 68 years!

Take a look at these Little League players in action:

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Listen to the story Why can’t girls play baseball? – Level 2 
Reading by: Corey Muench

About Emma
Emma is 12 years old.
She is the only girl on her team.
She pitches. She plays first base.
Emma’s twin brother, Evan,
is also on the team.
He is three minutes younger
than his sister.

Is it hard being the only girl?
Emma says, “ It’s no big deal,
because the boys don’t see me
as a girl, they see me as
a ball player. They respect me
because I am good.”

Emma March and her twin brother Evan play on a championship baseball team. Photo: Mark van Manen/PROVINCE

Emma March and her twin brother Evan                                                         play on a championship baseball team.
Photo: Mark van Manen/The Province

The beginnings
When Emma and Evan were five,
their father Derrick March
showed them how to play baseball.
Now they are playing on a winning team
with other 11- and 12-year olds.

Practice makes perfect
Their coach Brian Perry says
the team is very talented.
He says he has coached some kids
since they were four years old.
Perry says, “ A lot of these kids
are at the park every night,
doing extra practice….”
The president of the league said,
“They worked very, very hard
for a long, long time.”

A lot of attention
Emma was surprised in the U.S.
People asked for her autograph.
Mo’ne Davis also got attention.
Mo’ne’s photo was on the front cover
of the magazine Sports Illustrated –
the first little league player
to ever be on the cover.

Throw like this girl!
Mo’ne, 13, can throw
a ball 70 mph (113 kmh)!
Many batters cannot hit her pitches.
She was the first girl to pitch
a ‘shutout’. This means she pitched
for a whole game and
the other team scored no points.

Lessons in life
Emma’s father, Derrick March,
says baseball is a lesson in life.
He hopes that the players learn
to appreciate their team-mates.
March says baseball helps
the players become better people.
“…– not just good baseball players,
but good people.”

Girls can play baseball
Sixty-four years ago in the U.S.,
a 13 year-old girl cut off her hair
and joined a team.
She called herself Tubby, the name of
her favourite comic book character.
At first, no one knew she was a girl.
Her real name was Kay Massar.

 

Sixty-four years before Mo’Ne Davis captured the nation’s attention at the Little League World Series, Kay Massar signed up for Little League tryouts, pretending she was a boy. Photo courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Sixty-four years before Mo’Ne Davis captured the nation’s attention      at the Little League World Series, Kay Massar signed up for                    Little League tryouts, pretending she was a boy.
Photo courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Vocabulary:
Series: events or games that happen one after the other