DC Girls Baseball has been getting a lot of attention lately - read about it below!
6/24/18 MASN Sports: MASN brings the booth to DC Girls Baseball
Today we’re in Lafayette Park down in northwestern DC and we’re going to check out the DC Force all girls baseball team. They are headed to Rockford, IL for the national championship. Last season the 13U team, they won the national title. It’s going to be exciting to talk to these girls, see their workout today and see what actually inspires them to play baseball. Not softball, baseball.
6/6/18 Library of Congress: Coming Soon - BAseball Americana Exhibit Featuring DC Force
Americans had been playing baseball long before they agreed on the rules or even settled on how to spell it. They didn't always call it baseball either—in some places it was known simply as "town ball" or, more generically, "round ball." No matter what form it has taken, baseball—and its close fraternal twin, softball—has endured. But it hasn't stayed the same in anyone's lifetime. Former major leaguer and announcer Bob Uecker, upon hearing the phrase "emotional distress" to describe poor hitting, observed, "When I played, they didn't use fancy words like that. They just said I couldn't hit."
11/8/17 TalkNATS.COM: DC GIRLS BASEBALL PLAYS HARD BALL
The phrase “throw like a girl” has long been hurled at boys as an insult, and used to demean them and insinuate that they were less than the other boys. In the 2014 Little League World Series, pitcher Mo’ne Davis took the world by storm, showing them exactly what a girl could do, and earning the first win for a girl in Little League World Series history.
Locally, the DC Force all-girls baseball team is continuing what Mo’ne and other girl baseball players around the country have done. In their first tournament, they needed girls from other states to field a complete team, however now they have grown to 2 teams and have about 45 girls and compete in tournaments around the country.
8/9/17 YAHOO! SPORTS: All-girls baseball teams find a future of their own at national tournament
ROCKFORD, Ill. — It was 6:30 p.m., but the sun was still hot and bright. A crowd had gathered at Rockford’s Beyer Stadium, waiting for something to start as familiar baseball diamond dust swirled in the air.
A sudden cheer rose up from the far side of the field and the parade began.
Holding team banners and homemade signs with slogans like “GIRL POWER,” 200 baseball-playing girls began marching around the field, trodding on the baselines of history.
8/7/17 WASHINGTON POST:
The defiant girls who refuse to play softball instead of baseball, and why they rock
Move over, boys of summer.
The girls are here.
And thanks, but no thanks. They’re not interested in softball. They’re baseball players.
“I watched a middle school softball game once, and it was just so slow,” said Tess Usher, 11, who plays first base for D.C. Force, the all-girls baseball team that just killed it at a national tournament. “I love playing baseball. That’s not going to change.”
7/31/17 CBS News: Baseball For All: Largest all-female baseball tournament in U.S. history
At Beyer Stadium, in Rockford, Illinois, sports history is being made. Two hundred girls, aged 7 to 17, have come here for the largest girls-only baseball tournament in U.S. history, reports CBS News' Jericka Duncan.
Seventeen teams from the U.S. and Canada traveled to Rockford to play on a field that holds a special place in the history of women's baseball: the home of the Rockford Peaches, the all-female professional team made famous by the movie "A League of Their Own."
8/18/16 KOJO NNAMDI SHOW: D.C. GIRLS PLAY BASEBALL ON A TEAM OF THEIR OWN
Local girls who want to play baseball have long been able to participate in D.C.’s little league teams. But while many young girls have signed up to play on co-ed teams, many of them don’t stick with the sport the way boys do in puberty and through high school. A new team just for girls provides a safe space for them to work on their skills, beat the boys and envision a future as players. Kojo sits down with the coach of DC Force and two players from the team.
8/6/16 WASHINGTON POST: TRANSGENDER COACH OF ALL-GIRLS BASEBALL TEAM KNOWS ABOUT BREAKING GENDER BARRIERS
The four baseball players sprinting between first and second base were covered in red dirt and sweat. Even their ponytails were damp and sticky.
“Look, girls, it’s important you’re giving 100 percent,” said Coach Ava Benach, who at 6-foot-3 towered over the young athletes. “You don’t turn your head to look at what others are doing. You just go.”