SYNOPSIS

In 2012, a group of 12 year old girls did something amazing. As the DREAM TEAM, they competed for a full tournament season against all boys’ teams. The reactions varied, but tended to be somewhere between shock and outrage.

THROW LIKE A GIRL follows KELSEY WHITMORE, NYLAH RAMIREZ and JADE GORTAREZ as they pursue their goals. Each girl dreams of being the first to break the gender barrier in Major League Baseball, much like Jackie Robinson.

Society dictates that “boys play baseball and girls play softball,” this film is about what happens when girls say “No” to traditional gender roles. Award-winning documentary Cami J. Kidder takes us on a journey all around the world striving to answer the question, “Why aren’t American women supposed to play baseball?” Along the way, she learns from the women who inspired the highest grossing baseball movie of all time, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, and witnesses young women from 12 countries pursue their dreams of winning Gold in the Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Throw Like A Girl - Director's Statement

Throw Like A Girl is a quest to understand why American women don't routinely play baseball. Since Title IX, women's participation in sport has grown, as have opportunities for women - except in baseball. Basketball is basketball, tennis is tennis, golf is golf, swimming, skiing, surfingetc….all the same for men and women (with small modifications), but not baseball. "Baseball is for boys. Softball is for girls," we are told from age 8 or 10 on up. But why?

I’m a lifelong Red Sox fan, so after we Reversed the Curse at long last in 2004, I felt that the World had literally changed. That suddenly all my wishes, hopes and dreams could come true, that I wouldn’t always be a loser or an also-ran. A trip to the Red Sox Fantasy Camp to live out my dream of being a professional baseball player seemed to be the perfect way to celebrate this sea change. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the amazing experience I expected. There was a lot of teasing (A LOT) and general awkwardness, as if I didn’t belong there – simply because I was a woman. I went with my Dad, and had brought a camera crew to document our dreams coming true….but they didn’t.

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Throw Like A Girl Director's Statement

Throw Like A Girl is a quest to understand why American women don't routinely play baseball. Since Title IX, women's participation in sport has grown, as have opportunities for women - except in baseball. Basketball is basketball, tennis is tennis, golf is golf, swimming, skiing, surfingetc….all the same for men and women (with small modifications), but not baseball. "Baseball is for boys. Softball is for girls," we are told from age 8 or 10 on up. But why?

I’m a lifelong Red Sox fan, so after we Reversed the Curse at long last in 2004, I felt that the World had literally changed. That suddenly all my wishes, hopes and dreams could come true, that I wouldn’t always be a loser or an also-ran. A trip to the Red Sox Fantasy Camp to live out my dream of being a professional baseball player seemed to be the perfect way to celebrate this sea change. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the amazing experience I expected. There was a lot of teasing (A LOT) and general awkwardness, as if I didn’t belong there – simply because I was a woman. I went with my Dad, and had brought a camera crew to document our dreams coming true….but they didn’t.

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Documentary Treatment

The film opens on a baseball field on a glorious summer day. The camera is positioned high in the stadium looking over the field capturing the blue bird sky, the meticulously mown green grass, the red clay dirt. Figures in white dart across the diamond. You can almost smell the hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn.