Canadian Girls Baseball | Dana Bookman

Episode #81

Dana has received accolades for her amazing work growing the game for girls by being named by the Toronto Star as one of the top 12 Canadian Change Makers, Canadian Baseball Networks top 100 list of most influential Canadians in the Sport and also named an RBC Woman of Influence and awarded a 2021 Meritorius Service Medal but the Governer General of Canada.

Timestamps:

  • 00:13 Intro and Dana’s background.
  • 02:52 The rise of Canadian Girls Baseball.
  • 04:22 Effects of the pandemic on growth of sports programs.
  • 07:00 Outcomes and Adaption to Covid restrictions for sports programs.
  • 09:25 Demand for youth sports camps resulting from Covid online fatigue.
  • 13:36 Keeping girls motivated about sports as they grow older.
  • 14:47 Catering sports camps for 3-4 year old kids to keep them engaged.
  • 17:33 Certifying coaches for girls baseball.
  • 19:14 Differences between coaching boys VS girls.
  • 23:46 Expanding Canadian Girls Baseball into British Columbia and other areas.
  • 29:34 Should kids participate in outdoor sports during the pandemic?
  • 33:32 Online activities if in-person sports are restricted this summer.
  • 39:20 Parent response to Covid limitations.
  • 43:57 Using kid’s feedback to build sports programs.
  • 46:58 Outro.

The interview featured on this episode of the Love What You Play podcast originally aired live on For the Love of the Game's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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