Courtesy of Iowa PBS, "Iowa Girls 6-on-6 Basketball Players Tell Their Stories," 2008
Organized girls basketball in Iowa started sooner than it did in other states. It also was played with different rules than the game today. Each team consisted of six players: three guards and three forwards. Each team had three players on each half of the court and no one could cross the half-court line. Girls were also limited to two dribbles of the ball. Six-on-six basketball was played in Iowa schools until 1993.
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- What reasons does the video give for the uniqueness of girls basketball in Iowa? Cite evidence from the video (use the transcript).
- Girls across the country were not guaranteed the opportunity to play sports in school untill Title IX was passed. Based on the video, why do you think Iowa schools offered girls basketball before then?
- Consider the five women interviewed for the documentary. How would you categorize the feelings they express for six-on-six girls basketball? Explain how the sport could be seen as a unique part of the cultural identity of Iowa.
“Iowa Girls 6-on-6 Basketball Players Tell Their Stories.” Iowa PBS, 2008.