A1A2,B1B2 AP Economics
January 12th, 2017
For years women and young adults like me choose a sport that we love. Soccer, Softball, Track, are just some of the sports that girls go into because we like it and want to pursue it as a possible career. Or in some cases it's just a sport we are forced into because that is what girls are “suppose to do”. In the most remote places where poverty is an issue young girls look and dream about there future and where will they be. The most common sports out there is soccer baseball and rugby.
When dreaming about their careers, job searching especially in sports can be difficult when you want to become an athlete. Finding the sport that you love and are able to stick with it is very hard because the different opportunity costs. We usually start in high school or even earlier than that when falling in love with that particular sport.
When it comes down to graduating and going to college you have to travel, and when picking a sport in college the opportunity cost is that you don’t really have the college experience and you don’t get to study quite as much like a normal student due to a lot of practices, workouts and conditioning and being mostly on the road throughout the states. Even the places where the poverty threshold sometimes is an issue for parents aren’t able to get their children into sports or the right equipment for that sport and that's why rugby is simple and easy because you don’t need pads or anything like that just shoes.
There are many women now that are choosing to play rugby after being in the sport when in high school. From personal experience when seeing the 2016 Summer Olympics when rugby was introduced it opened a lot of eyes. After seeing them play more and more young girls are trying rugby and they are seeing if it is the sport for them. The chart above shows that because of the growth in the sport from 2015 , in the 2016 Summer Olympics there were actually more women players than there was men.
In conclusion in the women’s rugby community, the olympics have opened a greater opportunity for them and young girls to see that rugby is a great sport. More and more they are seeing that there will be more women getting more jobs as a professional rugby athletes. If we increase the knowledge of the sport then maybe by 2020 there will be more women playing the game. Starting in the more remote areas like parts of Brazil and Kenya will get more girls interested not only to try something new but to get them out there and learning something as this can be a possible career.