Fields and Courts

With tennis and softball practicing outside of the sports centers, their teams practiced where they could find space. Just like in the Sams Center, the lack of space on-campus led to invisibility of the teams. The creation of and access to practice spaces for these teams made these athletes happy and proud. Tennis received practice spaces earlier than softball did, in part because of the prominence of tennis for women at the time. With standardized rules and tournament structures, tennis had the advantage of tradition when bringing in new athletes. In the first years after Title IX, softball moved from slow-pitch to fast-pitch and many players had to relearn parts of the game.