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Sports for her : a reference guide for teenage girls
Hastings, Penny.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Discusses issues related to girls' participation in sports and provides information on the rules, equipment, training, and more for eight sports which high school girls are most likely to play.
Reading Level:
1210 Lexile.
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GV709.18.U6 H37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Today, one in every three high school girls plays sports, and the number of sports offered to these young women has increased dramatically in the past decade. This unique resource explores these sports from a girl's perspective, while examining sports issues as they pertain to young women. Individual chapters cover the most popular sports offered at the high school level, such as basketball, field hockey, and track, and provides practical advice on training and practicing techniques, trying out for the team, and organizing school teams. Other sports possibly less familiar, such as badminton and crew, are also explored, each in a chapter of its own, as are sports like football and baseball which are typically offered only to boys.

Students can find detailed information for each of the eight most popular sports at the high school level: basketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. This information includes the history of the sport, rules, common injuries to the sport, similar sports to try, and advice from coaches about making the team. Young female students are encouraged to try other sports that may not be offered by their high school and to get high schools to sponsor teams where there are none, as well as to participate on boys' teams if a particular sport is not offered to girls. Advice is also provided on possible sports-related problems for girls, including overtraining, drug use, eating disorders, and abuse from coaches, as well as information about sports-related careers to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive guide for young female athletes.

Author Notes

Penny Hastings is a professional writer and public relations consultant

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-An impressive amount of advice and information has been packed into this book. A chapter devoted to each major sport includes information on equipment, dress, a brief history, rules, key elements of the game, trying out for a team, common injuries, training and cross-training activities, and a glossary. Other chapters provide solid advice on how to break into male-dominated sports, issues related to female participation in sports (e.g., biases, problems with coaches, overtraining, nutrition, drugs, and overzealous parents), and participation beyond high school. A section of resources includes books, Web sites, and organizations. Each chapter includes an average-quality, black-and-white photograph. Readers interested in female sports will find this book informative and useful.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreeboro (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This book aims to make adolescent girls aware of all the opportunities they have in sports. The eight sports with most high school female participation (basketball, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball) are fully described, covering these topics: how to play the game, equipment and dress, history, rules, tips for preseason training, the most common injuries and how to avoid them, terms, and how to find places to train and play. A brief section on Title IX and a detailed list of the number of girls participating in high school sports in 1998 is included. Additional sports briefly covered are skiing, badminton, crew, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, ice hockey, football, baseball, water polo, and wrestling. The final two chapters deal with topical issues, including bias toward girls playing sports, problems with coaches, drugs, and staying involved in sports after high school. Good bibliography. Recommended for school, public, and teacher-preparation libraries; middle and high school girls, their parents, and school or afterschool program personnel. J. Davenport Auburn University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Girls Get a Kick Out of Sportsp. 1
2 Basketballp. 21
3 Field Hockeyp. 41
4 Soccerp. 57
5 Softballp. 77
6 Swimming and Divingp. 97
7 Tennisp. 117
8 Track and Fieldp. 137
9 Volleyballp. 155
10 Other Sports to Tryp. 173
11 Breaking the Barriers: Male-Dominated Sportsp. 191
12 The Young Female Athlete: Dealing with Special Issuesp. 209
13 Pursuing Sports Beyond High Schoolp. 223
Resourcesp. 241
Indexp. 251