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Have You Ever Played A Team Sport?

I played a variety of sports when I was growing up, both on school teams and in different leagues. Title IX passed in 1972 and required federally funded schools to provide girls and women with an equal opportunity to compete in sports.

According to studies, playing sports has an immensely positive affect on girls. The results of the studies show:

  • Girls who participate in sports are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school than those that do not play sports.
  • Half of all girls that participate in some kind of sports experience higher levels of self-esteem and less depression.
  • Teenage female athletes are less likely to use drugs than teenage female non-athletes.

Pretty inspiring - I can't wait to introduce sports to my girls. In fact I think I should go kick that pink soccer ball around with them right now.

But enough about me, Title IX and pink soccer ball, I want to know about you and...

ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 10 years
I sucked at everything. But I'm good at dance, but there were not guys in dance related activities and I sure wasn't brave enough to be the only one! I really admired track though, I was really heavy in high school though, a wooping 240 lbs, so running wasn't really an option.
Esagashi Esagashi 10 years
Team sports are great, but what about those sports that a person can do on their own? I'm currently doing Belly Dancing, Horseback Riding (Hunters), and Archery and I wish there were more non-team sports supported by schools (Although I'm out of school). Some of us just work better on our own.
workofiction workofiction 10 years
I played softball for 10 years! I miss it sooo much and would love to find an adult, fast-pitch women's league in NE Ohio... hmm, maybe next season...
maryamrose maryamrose 10 years
I also forgot to mention that my parents thought devoting time to sports would mean bad performance in school. I disagree. I swear I'm not bitter! Just recalling the feelings I had about this growing up.
maryamrose maryamrose 10 years
Will any of you believe this? I wasn't allowed to play sports! I went to a language-specific school every Saturday, all day. This helped me become fully fluent in my parents' native language, but I missed out on all these teams for years. And then when I started looking into teams/sports that met on different days of the week (like swimming, soccer, and figure skating, all of which I loved doing on my or informally), my parents told me that they were not going to pay for me. Why? Because they didn't trust that I'd stick with it. Nevermind that I didn't have a history of quitting things that I actually enjoyed (I was an occasional quitter in other realms), but at any rate, I wasn't able to.
mem952 mem952 10 years
i never considered myself a team sports kind of person, but at my high school it was compulsory to play a sport each season for the first three years. after those three years i kept playing because i discovered i enjoyed it so much. stopped playing after high school... that seems to be the story for a lot of us! but i did learn a lot about fitness and what it means to push yourself physically.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Not that I don't like sports now but I never enjoyed them growing up, I was, and am more of a creative type who preferred a blank canvas or a stage to tennis balls or a soccer field. I am liking them more and more though and have started snowboarding, tennis and dance classes.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 10 years
Does anyone know of non-beach volleyball leagues in San Francisco? I just graduated college where I played intra-mural, and miss it!! The Y or JCC I guess?
reese05 reese05 10 years
I am never the sporty type although I was a cheerleader before and I sometimes play badminton.
Kyko Kyko 10 years
I WANT to play a sport now, but just for exercise and recreation/friends/fun...I don't know of anywhere that provides that, or any organizations, so if ANYONE knows of one, please message me! <3
spazzydana spazzydana 10 years
i want to but cant stand the pressure of teams
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
I used to play voleyball since I was like 9 until the last year of high school.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Aragornrain: My parents weren't rich...in fact, they lived paycheck to paycheck, wracking up credit card debt until the last 5 years when things have been better. All I had to have were shoes, and the track suit we wore for home games. It isn't that expensive depending ont he sport. And, there is parks and rec, which costs what...$15? That is fun too, and gets the kids doin something
AMP AMP 10 years
I played in grade school, junior high, high school, intramurals in college and some leagues outside of school as well. I did everything from cheerleading, soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball. I still play on park district softball teams now that I'm out of school.
Bksuga Bksuga 10 years
just volley ball other then that i just played whatever
blackjade blackjade 10 years
basketball and volleyball in elementary school (back when everyone was the same height). Once I got to Jr. high I became a dance and theater nerd for the rest of my education career.
aragornrain aragornrain 10 years
Sports are expensive. My thought is that if girls who play sports have higher self esteem and do better in school, it's because they come from families that aren't as poor.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 10 years
HATE sports. ick.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
soccer, basketball, as a kid; basketball in middle and high school, intramural b-ball in college. What happened to me? haha
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
Volleyball until high school when my knees starting giving my grief for awhile. Then intramurals in college.
esk4 esk4 10 years
I played softball and as a kid, field hockey and volleyball in high school, and I played D1 college volleyball... I think everyone should play team sports!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Soccer as a little kid, and swimming in high school.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I played t-ball when I was 4 and 5, did gymnastics for 2 years until I broke my arm, took up hockey when I was 9 and have been playing through elementary school, high school, and college. I also played flag football in high school. I also took gym every year in hs just so I could play tennis and volleyball regularly. Sports was the best part of school! It was always a way for me to forget about anything I had experienced that day. When I was playing, it was all about the game and nothing else. I was free!
piraterie piraterie 10 years
Oh, I dislike team sports. I'm klutzy and competition makes me mean-spirited, so me + sports = no fun for anyone involved. Soccer and lacrosse were all right when I had to do them for P.E., but I never would've wanted to play them for any longer. I did dance growing up (although I was never super great what with the klutziness). Ballet, tap and/or jazz from when I was 4 through high school. I didn't have time for it in college but was too busy with other stuff to really think about it. Now four years after college, I really miss it and am thinking of starting some sort of dance again.
laimar laimar 10 years
Ummm...if cheerleading counts as a sport. I went to a 5A school in TX and we did workout daily and compete and place in national championships!
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