Girls At Bat is an introductory level baseball program designed to reduce some of the biggest barriers anyone identifying* as a girl may face when accessing or participating in sport. Some of these barriers include, but are not limited to, sport being too competitive, having a perceived lack of skill, limited access to opportunity, and low confidence. Girls At Bat works to remove these barriers by creating spaces that empower and centre the leadership and voices of girls and provide opportunities for them to learn and play sport amongst a resilient and inclusive community. The program changes the game for girls by focusing on four key pillars: connection, courage, leadership, and love of sport. The program is implemented by schools and community organizations with the goal of increasing participation and retention in sport and play.
*NOTE: Any reference to girls and women in this section should be read as self-identified or parent-identified gender, not assigned biological sex.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:
- 1 in 4 girls is not committed to returning to their pre-pandemic sport participation levels (Canadian Women & Sport, 2021).
- 1 in 3 girls report a poor perception of belonging as a factor for dropping out of sport (Canadian Women and Sport, 2020) .
- By the age of 14, girls are 2x more likely to drop out of sport (Women’s Sports Foundation’s Go out and Play: Youth Sports in America report).
There are Girls At Bat programs all over the country. Jays Care is here to help make it easy to launch and run a Girls At Bat program that changes lives and leaves a lasting legacy.
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- 8,204 athletes participated in Girls At Bat programs across the country.
- Girls At Bat ran at 257 program sites.
- 95% of Girls At Bat coaches reported that a majority of participants in their program demonstrated an increased love of sport.
“Girls At Bat is the first program at our school that allows for a try out-free sports space for girls. We had 31 students on the team that would usually not try out for any sports, who finally got the opportunity to be part of a team and belong to something special.” – Girls At Bat Educator
“Thanks to Girls at Bat, newcomer girls have the opportunity to participate in sport feeling included and part of the community connecting with other Youth”. - Girls At Bat Community Partner
“On our second session, the team created a mural together. We had a whole practice planned, with lots of different activities, but the team was having so much fun chatting, laughing and drawing that we ran out of time for anything else! Watching them connect with each other and bond as a team was a highlight for all of the coaches!” – Girls At Bat Educator