The Natrona County School Distrcit Board of Trustees Academic Steering Committee discussed the results of a girl’s softball study during their Monday, March 11 meeting, recommending the Board of Trustees tell the Wyoming High School Activities Association NCSD is committed to offering the sport.
The district is considering the possibility of sanctioning girl’s fast pitch softball after softball coaches, players and parents expressed their desire to have the sport offered at the high school level during several school board meetings.
The district’s survey ran from Jan. 8 to Feb. 8, according to Academic Steering Committee documents. 1,472 female students in grades 6-11 responded to the survey.
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713 of those girls said they would participate in softball should the district sanction the sport, while 733 said they would not. 135 high school students not currently participating in a spring sport said they would join a high school softball team.
An NCSD cost analysis estimated that sanctioning girl’s softball would cost $96,359 per school to have varsity and junior varsity teams.
The Academic Steering Committee’s documents also say that the Wyoming High School Activities Association requires eight schools to offer a sport before it will provide sanctioning. There are 14 schools considering the possibility of offering girl’s softball.
If sanctioned, the sport would be offered to students in grades 9-12. Softball would be offered in the spring alongside track, soccer, tennis and golf. The WHSAA would need to pass two readings before it would sanction the sport.
The Academic Steering Committee’s documents cite the WHSAA’s Feb. 5 meeting minutes which say that the WHSAA agreed that once eight schools are committed to offering the sport, they would sanction softball. It said that three schools are currently committed to offering softball.
Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Walt Wilcox said he thought that other districts across the state might commit to the support if they see NCSD moving forward.
The committee’s documents add that Wyoming offers one less official female sport than male sports, but points out that girls are allowed to participate in football and wrestling.
The NCSD Board of Trustees will decide whether to tell the WHSAA that NCSD is committed to offering the sport during their April 8 meeting. If the WHSAA receives commitments from eight schools, the sport would be offered in 2021.