Sports at NLU-D: Another Perspective

by Anonymous

 

There is a recent trend of women empowerment in sports that has started in our college. For those who do not know what I’m referring to, it’s all these rules making it mandatory for the boys to let a girl play for the entire match. A big thank you to all the people who made it possible and encouraged girls to participate. One can see the result of their tireless efforts in the overwhelming response by girls across batches in the ongoing football and basketball league. This year, each team has two girls and their playing time has increased to at least one girl playing the entire match.

But to achieve this success, girls have had to be ‘convinced’ to give their names for the leagues. Most scenarios involved a senior approaching and trying to talk them into signing up. What they didn’t realize was that in the process of achieving enough female participation, they were forcing them to play. Arguments such as ‘This is how to learn to play, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t know how to play’ and ‘ How can you expect to go for a sports fest if you don’t even come downstairs to play in the leagues’ were often heard. So in the pressure of ‘trying not to piss off the senior’, ‘be in their good books’ or ‘just making sure they don’t eliminate you from the list of possible candidates for the fest’, one ends up giving their name, in spite of not knowing how to play.

Now, about the old argument that if you don’t play, you won’t learn – I agree that to learn a sport you have to start playing, but I don’t think a league is the place for it. What actually ends up happening is that instead of being empowered, a girl is usually even more demotivated. This happens because she doesn’t know how to play; she doesn’t get a chance to play. Mostly (always) the better girl player is chosen to play for almost the entire match, leaving the other girl hanging and wasting her time watching everyone play. Standing there and waiting to be a part of the playing five is so embarrassing and unproductive, and doesn’t result in anything good. Even in some cases, where they divide the time between the two girl players, the ball is never passed to her since she doesn’t play well and it’s a match and nobody wants to lose. How a person is supposed to learn how to play in such a situation is beyond my understanding.

A new initiative to encourage volleyball has been started by few girls of the fourth and third year. They are starting an all-girls volleyball league of sorts where ALL the girls get to play the entire match against each other. Practice sessions are held every day in the evening, where girls are TAUGHT how to play volleyball instead of being left stranded in the middle of the game. This will hopefully turn out to be more productive than the previous endeavors.

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5 thoughts on “Sports at NLU-D: Another Perspective

  1. I agree with the author of this article.
    The girls should have a seperate sports league, it is their right to demand and to have it.

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  2. The actions of the organizers (unsurprisingly predominantly male) portrays (in a disguised manner) the sense of paternalistic and patriarchal entitlement inherent in them. They think they know better, and end up imposing their diktats upon us.

    I am not questioning the organizers’ intentions, but their actions clearly show how they are also the prisoners of this dogmatic society but actually end up perpetuating it.

    It is my suggestion that we have a seperate football league, similar to the volleyball league.

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    • You bitch when you’re not given a chance.

      Now you bitch when you’re given a chance.

      Lel. Suggestion: volunteer yourself as part of the organizers and make yourself useful and create the change you want to see. No? Didn’t think so.

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  3. This is absolute bullshit. First you ask for mandatory participation in the league, stating that it’ll incentivise the boys to call upon the girls to come and play. Now you’re cribbing about how they’re calling you to play way too many times.

    Secondly, it is absurd for you to say that you’ve to wait to play. I’m sorry but that is the way sport works. You’re not the best player, you’re going to be on the bench. There are scores of boys out there who don’t get to play either. So please don’t hold yourself at such a high pedestal for no reason.

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    • I don’t think she’s holding herself at a higher pedestal she’s bringing up the fact that she’s not prepared to play because she hasn’t had a chance to learn the game, they put her to play w/out the proper training so performs poorly when she plays therefore she seats most of the time witch is a waste of her time, it’s unstable right?

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