Baseball is known as the "combination of competition and wisdom." It originated in the United Kingdom, developed in the United States and is popular in Asia. And now, more and more people in China are starting to play baseball.
There is no doubt that basketball is everywhere in our daily life, as all kinds of basketball attire, from head to toe, has become fashionable. But you may not have noticed that baseball is actually related to your life in many ways. Baseball uniforms and baseball caps have inadvertently become a preferred choice when going out. Even if you have not really played baseball, surely you have heard of the term "home run."
What is Baseball?
This competitive ball game may seem slow-paced at first, but once you get started, you'll feel like you've opened the door to a whole new world and will fall in love with this team sport.
Baseball traces its roots back to the 15th century, its predecessor was paddle ball, which was popular in England at that time. In fact, it is not as complicated as imagined.
Simply put, in a baseball game, the offensive team hits the ball with a bat and scores by running the bases; the defense team catches and passes the ball to prevent the offensive team from scoring. When the defending team successfully gets three of the offensive team players out, the two teams switch offensive and defensive roles.
In a baseball game, each team needs at least nine people to play. There are the following positions on the defensive side: pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder and right fielder. Each position has a different task. So if a team wants to win the game, they must rely on the joint efforts of all nine players; every role is important.
Sports have never been exclusive to men, and so is the case with baseball. Different from football and basketball, baseball has very few opportunities for body contact. Therefore, strength is not the only decisive factor, and this team sport does not have requirements or expectations for height and weight. In contrast, the flexibility of the body and a calm mind are the most important components, and many women are blessed with these qualities and abilities.
Women's Baseball in China
In China, women's baseball has already been around for a while. In 2018, the MLB Nanjing Baseball Development Center hosted the first MLB Women's Baseball Tournament, which attracted three women's baseball teams from Shanghai, Zhongshan and Hong Kong.
The organizer also planned a special support event with the theme #BaseballCinderella. Spectators could also watch live broadcasts of the event on the Tencent Sports platform, truly achieving gender equality in baseball.
In 2019, Hong Kong also hosted the International Women's Baseball Championship, where women's baseball teams from all over the world showcase their baseball performance.
Women's Baseball Training
Since Adriana Women's Sports was founded, it has gathered a large number of female sports enthusiasts. This year, after four years of development and growth, they are offering a brand new team sport to the women and girls' sports community. Just like women and girls' basketball, they hope that through women and girls' baseball, those who participate in baseball will improve their quality of life. Head on out and join them!
Date: Saturday, April 17
Location: Entrance 1, Huangxing Park, 699 Ying Kou Road
3-3.30pm Baseball 101
3.30pm-5pm Baseball Basic Skills Training
5-6pm Baseball game
Trial session: RMB169/person
Early Bird (before 11th April): RMB149/person
Group of 9 People: RMB129/person
Wechat / Mobile: 1381 661 4283
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CSR Working Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
About Adriana Sports
Founded in 2017, Adriana Women’s Sports is a Shanghai-based organization that keenly understands the standards for athletic performance, with a focus on empowering women and girls to move beyond social constraints. They aim to support communities by providing access to sports and the development of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Cultivating sporting platforms for women and girls all over the world, Adriana Sports strives for their participants to succeed in a supporting environment through connection and education. Most importantly, Adriana Sports allows women who love sports to shine.
Looking for more updates from Adriana Sports and their upcoming events? Follow their official WeChat account to stay up to date on tournaments and news in 2021.
Want to intern with Adriana Sports?
At the end of last year, an intern officially joined the team, which gave them more time and opportunity to implement the projects and events Adriana Sports have always wanted to do. But at the same time, their workload remains heavy. So the idea to recruit short-term interns came to them.
In the four years that they have been around, they have received enquiries from people about getting involved in what they do. Some of them are current university students, while the rest are working professionals.
If you can start interning in the near future, love sports and basketball, and are willing to make a contribution to women and girls' sports, they invite you to apply for their program.
Different from the year-long internship program, they cannot guarantee that you will have the chance to intern in various roles; but they can assure you that you will certainly learn a lot from the experience.
Candidates should be:
Based in Shanghai
Current university student, passionate about sports and have interest in learning more
Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese
Excellent communication skills with positive attitude
Available during game days, reliable
Responsible, passionate, and is a team player
Ability focus on the job during working hours
Kind-hearted, ready to help others, looking to make a contribution in women's sports
Working Days and Compensation:
Decided based on the company's projects and the availability of the candidate
About the Role
Operations and Project Management
Organize pick-up basketball sessions on-site;
Event promotion support;
Collaborate on the collection and collation of market information;
Event execution support.
Able to do video filming and editing (Candidates with filming equipment will be given preference);
Manage the company's online basketball community groups;
Preference given to candidates who are interested to learn about creating WeChat posts or familiar with the use of Xiumi;
Support and execute live broadcast of events.
Able to do market research independently;
Support the team to create basketball learning materials.
Basic knowledge of the official basketball rules;
Excellent time management skills, able to complete assigned tasks within deadlines;
Excellent communication, coordination, and organizational skills. (Prior experience as team captain or a management team member in a club will be given preference);
Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with Shanghai or interested to familiarize self with the city.
For more information and how to apply, click here.
[All images via Adriana Sports]