I read this article on my LinkedIn account and found it interesting http://blog.sportssignup.com/blog/bid/194077/We-re-Still-Waiting-for-Female-Coaches-to-Really-Make-the-Big-Time. In 1972 there were an estimated 1 in 27 girls involved in sports. Today the participation has exploded to 2 in 5. Women Coaches made up 90% of female sports in that same year but today that number has fallen to just 43%. It would appear at face value that the participation level has just exploded while the membership in female coaching has not kept pace. Does this mean greater opportunity into Head Coaching roles for women?
This is not necessarily a discussion on Title IX but this law was passed in 1972 and I would hazard a guess that is why the author of the article chose this year to start. I just watched the USA Women ‘s Hockey team drop a close Gold medal game to Canada yesterday (Canada has won every Gold medal since acceptance as an Olypic sport). This is the Women’s hockey 5th Olympic Games but the first time a female coach has ever led any team– ever. The USA Women are led by Coach Katey Stone who happens to be the most winningest coach in college women’s hockey and has won 402 games in her last 19 seasons at Harvard.
So on to wrestling. Women’s wrestling is the fastest growing sport in all of women’s high school sports. It has outpaced boys wrestling by almost 19% participation per year for the past few years. My hope is that this will create many opportunities for Women coaches to head up female wrestling teams at all levels. There is no doubt that the War of the Roses all girl wrestling series will add to this impact by creating more events all over the country for girls of all ages to compete. For an event in your state go to www.waroftheroseswrestling.com for information. Like any successful venture in this country, the success of War of the Roses will most likely inspire others to create more opportunities as well. Considering War of the Roses has gone from 4 events in 2013 to 22 in 2014, we will find out just how successful it will be.
One of the great benefits of this series, among many, are that their events will offer girls the opportunity to wrestle girls from outside their area. Of course increased competition means that our girls will be better prepared for competition on the World stage.