CSU Softball Protests

April 9, 2018

Last week, the Colorado State University softball team staged a sit-in at the school's Indoor Practice Facility where the football team was participating in spring practice. Their aim was to protest unequal treatment between men's and women's teams at the school, according to the Rocky Mountain Collegian.

“Our coach came in with three executive athletic administrators,” Hayleigh Evans, a senior outfielder, said. “They just let us talk to them and we basically told them every reason why we were doing it. For equality, not just for softball but for women in general. For future generations, we want to see a change and what’s going on is not okay.”

Evans said the softball team lacked practice space during inclement weather, and that other women's sports had similar problems.

“This isn’t about the football team,” Evans said. “This is about equality for women’s athletics, we don’t have a place to practice when we need it….One thing we’ve noticed is that when a women’s sport gets better equality, it’s because it’s attached to a men’s sport…The men got it, so that’s why they have to reciprocate it.”

Kaylynn Pierce, a senior pitcher, said that with important games coming up, the softball team needed practice.

“We’re in our season and we have big games coming up,” Pierce said. “We’re getting gypped out of our time. When we go into the IPF (Indoor Practice Facility), it’s the second best we can get.”

Jordan Acosta, a freshman outfielder, said she considered the school's treatment of her team to be unfair.

“It becomes an issue when football comes in and we have to go to an aux gym,” freshman outfielder Jordan Acosta said. “We want to be respected as a team and as a program at this school and the fact that we get our practice time gypped in season, it’s not acceptable, it’s not equal and it’s not fair. That was the point of today. We have big games coming up, we’re a good program, and we deserve to be treated like it.”

 

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