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    Posted February 5, 2015 by
    Bsox31
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    Bloomington, Indiana
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    Inspirational coaches

    Girls Can Too!

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Bsox31 started playing women's baseball when she was 17. She's 35 now, and still plays in the occasional tournament. She was one of the first female players in the Indianapolis Adult Baseball League in 2012. She credits coach John Kovach with helping girls all over the area find their place on the field. "John was such a great coach because he involved every female that put on a uniform. It did (and still doesn't) matter if you play in his squad or not; if you want a chance to play, he's going to make sure to find you an opportunity."
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    My inspirational coach is John Kovach. I've known him since I was 17 years old. I had just learned that a women's baseball team existed in my town. All my life I had wanted to play baseball. Since I was a girl, I had always thought that I had to settle for softball. The day I met John, that all changed.
    That first practice, I was a nervous wreck! I was currently playing varsity softball and had logged in countless hours of backyard baseball, but I had no idea what to expect stepping onto a baseball diamond for the first time. Practice went very well and my dream of playing baseball was coming true. There were so many other ladies out there that loved baseball as much as I did!
    Boys take a lot of things for granted. I had always dreamed of pitching in a baseball game, a REAL baseball game, but I never thought it was possible. They day I toed the rubber at the Sky Dome was magical! I don't remember if we won or lost that game. It didn't matter. I was pitching in a baseball game and doing it on a diamond only a few get to step foot on. John gave me all of this. If he hadn't have cared enough about women having a place in baseball, I would have never gotten my dream.
    I am now 35 and my playing days are a lot less than they used to be, but John is STILL out there giving it 110%. He still coach girls baseball, but has put a lot of focus on the 18 and under groups. Because of this, many girls have been able to play baseball and on a very competitive level.
    Late last year he formed the United States Girls Baseball Association. USGBA is a non for profit entity that bring girls from all over the United States to participate in tournaments. He had coached so many teams and girls, I lost count long ago. He works so hard to give girls the same opportunity boys have on the baseball diamond. If you talk to the girls/women's baseball community, I guarantee you, you won't have to search far before you find someone that knows him.
    And, as if his tireless efforts for the females of today aren't enough, he has quite the archive of AAGPBL items. Many that have been in several museums for exhibits. He's also written a couple of books on women's baseball. Women's baseball is his true passion and I don't think the sport would be where it is today if it didn't have John Kovach.
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