Girls At Bat Application 2021: Grassroots Organizations/Communities
Thank you for your interest in Girls At Bat!
WHAT IS GIRLS AT BAT?
Girls At Bat (GAB) is a sport for development program that is easy for schools and grassroots organizations to implement. It is designed to create a culture of engagement in sport for anyone who identifies as a girl. Baseball is used as a tool to enhance connection, courage, leadership, and love of sport in all participants. The ideal participant group is between 7-15. It runs for a minimum of 8 weeks, 2 hours per week. This can be offered in-person (with COVID-19 safety measures) or virtually throughout 2021.
Research shows that there are long-term benefits of sport participation that extend beyond the playing field. Girls who participate in sport are "less likely to be depressed, more likely to achieve higher academic goals and more likely to demonstrate improved self-confidence" (Merkel, 2013).
Jays Care has been running Girls At Bat for 4 years with tremendous success. Participants love it and coaches report that the support Jays Care offers has been instrumental in enhancing their confidence and increasing their tools to create safe, engaging spaces for those who might otherwise sit on the sidelines.
This past year:
100% of participants said their coaches made them feel included.
95% of participants reported wanting to play more sports after Girls At Bat.
97% of training participants reported have learned new and enhanced strategies to better engage girls in sports.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INCLUDE?
STEP ONE: At least 1-2 staff attend the Girls At Bat training-workshop to become Girls At Bat coaches for their organization/community. Coaches do not need baseball or sport experience! This is a dynamic virtual training that helps staff increase their understanding and confidence on how to run the program as well as how to coach girls using researched methodologies that have proven to recruit, motivate, and retain girls in sport. Everyone leaves the training with a comprehensive program manual as well as coach resources that help set the tone, build practices, and structure games.
STEP TWO: Partners receive a baseball equipment kit to use in this program that is shipped directly to you. This can be for indoor or outdoor play.
STEP THREE: Trained staff run practice style programming a minimum of eight weeks, two hours a week using the Girls At Bat methodology.
STEP FOUR: Partners complete the end-of-program assessment tool and are invited to participate in virtual Girls At Bat celebrations and opportunities.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Grassroots organizations and communities that:
- Empower girls who traditionally face barriers to sport participation
- DO NOT run an established baseball/softball league
WHAT DOES JAYS CARE OFFER TO SUPPORT PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION?
1. Free, comprehensive coach training
2. A coach manual and innovative coach resources to support girls-centered programming
3. Equipment kit
4. Support with advertisement
5. The opportunity to request a virtual Jays Care visit/clinic
6. In-kind incentives (T-shirts/hats/certificates)
7. Support with end of program celebrations and access to wider JCF virtual Jamborees
8. Small disbursement per athlete
If you would like to discuss this application or program in more detail please contact:
Bhanesha Ollek, Manager Gender Equity Programs and Initiatives - Jays Care Foundation
or 416 303 4375
APPLICATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th 2020
*Please reach out if you foresee any challenges with this deadline.
We look forward to reviewing your application and will be in touch shortly.
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