Fair Ball?

AnnaMaria Corona and Karolena Rubio

Varsity softball team struggles to find equality in funding their utilities 

     Walking over to the Varsity softball field lies a bin but this one is filled with equipment.

     Old cracked buckets that are half way filled with balls that ten year old use. Helmets with cobwebs in the cushioning that’s falling off the helmet. Some have spiders crawling around. The safety nets needed for pregame warm-ups are nowhere to be found. The warm-up tee is held with medical tape holding it together.  

     There has been a rising concern among a number of varsity softball players over possible unequal financial treatment of their sport.

     “I would say I’ve been experiencing this [unfair treatment] since I got to high school and began playing softball,” said returning Varsity softball player Chloe Kitchens.

     Mrs. Ceo, River City’s Varsity softball coach from last couple of years, is not continuing her position school year. She had expressed concerns with the way the softball program was being treated, and the gear accessible to them. Although Mrs. Ceo did not respond to a request for comment about her departure, players believe that one of her reasons for leaving, are her concerns about the program.

     Kitchens suggests that boys teams do not struggle with not having “good” gear, or issues with funding.

     “The softball organization struggles to have gear and more, but other sports that include boys do not.”

     Kitchens, along with many varsity players believe that boys teams might receive more funding and more effort to provide them with appropriate gear.

     Tension between softball players and River City Athletic Director Jamie King has been building for several years, say varsity team members.

     A returning senior varsity player said, “Mr. King got mad when we tried to replace our home plate on the field. But we were doing  it because it was caved in and anyone could’ve easily rolled their ankle. It wasn’t safe, but no one else was gonna help us get new one”.

     Following that argument, girls say Mr. King had the plate replaced “correctly”, and the way he desired.

     Mr. King did not respond to requests for comment the first three times of attempts. King came around and was open for being questioned. Before being questioned King explained the four different funding process that each sports team goes through, starting with District, ASB, boosters, then ending with each teams fundraising account, that they raise on their own.

     King also wanted to confirm that he did stop the softball team from changing the home plate because, “we first have to offer it to our workers [groundsmen] to do it and they have to refuse the right before someone else can volunteer to do it.”

     The 2018-2019 head softball coach is Javier Martinez. Martinez is returning from 2015-2016 school year, and is proud to be back although he does believe the school has been good with providing the program with everything they need, his priority is the team.

     “I try not to focus on that stuff. I try to focus on my softball program only,” Martinez said.