Developing on the Line of Scrimmage

I like to think that attitudes toward women playing in male-dominated fields have changed since 1994, but in the adult world, that doesn’t seem to always be the case. Perhaps today’s youth are better about these matters. I can hope.

“Developing on the Line of Scrimmage” is a short story loosely based on real-life events from my youth. While I had the support of my brother & a couple of friends, I still had to prove myself to the boys that didn’t know me. I had to play hard, without a single mistake, or I was not taken seriously. One mistake and the ball wouldn’t be passed to me the rest of the game, but that wasn’t the case with the new boys playing.

Boys playing male-dominated sports were given some sort of mistake-forgiveness that was not given to the female players. It wasn’t fair, and I never complained that it wasn’t fair. It was just the way it was.

Power on, little female athletes! You’re just as good–if not better–and don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise.

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