Golddigger Girls Softball
Organization Sponsor: Golddiggers Girls Softball Association
The Golddiggers Girls Softball Association provides girls aged 7 -14 with a safe, healthy, and fun athletic environment to have fun and promotes the spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship. Approximately 72 girls from the Eastern shore area (Lawrencetown, Mineville, Lake Echo, Porters Lake and surrounding areas) will be involved in the summer of 2004.
The Golddiggers Girls Softball Association was formed in 2003 to provide a safe, healthy and fun athletic environment for girls and to provide and promote the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. Our league has grown from 48 players in its inaugural year to over 100 in its 5th season.
The league won the Sport Nova Scotia IKON Fair Play award in 2004 and was awarded a $500 grant from the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity in 2003.
Active Halifax Communities
fees + contributions from partners (partner contributions go towards tshirts, hats and equipment)
Each of the 10 partners contributes $200. There is also a $60 registration fee. Any excess money is used towards an end of season party and other supplies for the league and players.
Other leagues in the area were co-ed. Registration by girls in these programs is very low. Girls often get intimidated when playing sports with boys. Girls tend to be more social and generally speaking would rather play sports with other girls. This is the second season for the program. Last year 48 girls played on four teams. This year it has expanded to 72 girls on six teams. Parents and the community are involved through coaching, contributing financially or coming to watch the kids play. There has been a definite increase in skills in the game. This increases the confidence of the girls.
Success of league and community support.
The community is involved in many ways from coaching to driving kids to practice and games, to contributing to equipment costs. Because they take a fair play approach, all girls get an equal chance to play all the positions in the game so learn a broad range of skills, and get an equal amount of time on the field (not sitting on the bench for more than two innings of a game). They also learn all aspects of the game. Practice is run in small groups performing fun drills that teach them softball skills. Parents and the girls are very happy with this approach. Parents are informed of activities through an email distribution list and a newsletter.
Parents and kids were upset that the kids were not being treated fairly in other leagues and in other sports so Grant MacDonald decided to develop a league that includes fair play rules. Coaches, parents, and players are made aware of the fair play rules at the beginning of the season. A competitive team may be set up for those who want to play fairly but also be competitive. On May 15, the league won the IKON Fair Play Award from Sport Nova Scotia.
This will be the leagues’ second season.