six on six

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While most of Rebuilding Year’s readers probably rushed to the movies to see Mark Wahlberg play Wayne Cherbet, our staff was hard at work trying to obtain the movie rights to Six on Six, a community play that debuted in Iowa in 2005. What is Six on Six about, you ask? Here’s a synopsis:

“SIX-ON-SIX focuses on one of Iowa ’s most cherished traditions – six-on-six girls’ high school basketball. Through dialogue and 17 original songs that are both humorous and poignant, SIX-ON-SIX explores every aspect of this time-honored institution – its history, its rules, its personalities, its phenomenal popularity, and the controversy that resulted in its ultimate demise.

Opposed to the game are an opinionated feminist, her 16-year-old daughter, and the female lawyer they hire to represent their case. In favor of the game are the men who govern the sport and the male lawyer they hire to represent their case. Intertwined with the main story are several subplots, including: the media attention surrounding a high school standout and her opportunity to break a national scoring record; the tension that develops between the two married lawyers when they choose to represent opposite sides of the controversy; the pressure the feminist places on her daughter to succeed; and the simplicity and sweetness of young love.

While the play is set in Iowa, its themes are universal and will appeal to all ages.”

And here’s even more background on the history of six on six:

“In the 1890s, when the still-new game of five-player basketball was gaining popularity throughout the country, a separate six-player game was created for girls because, among other reasons, it was feared that the five-player version would foster such things as excessive muscle growth, masculine traits and even infertility in the young women who played it. And so, for the “benefit” of the girls, the court was divided into three smaller sections – with two shooting forwards in one end section, two defending guards in the other end section, and two centers (one jumping, one a running or side center) in the middle section – and rules were established that essentially prohibited the “weaker sex” from exhaustive activities such as jumping, running and dribbling the ball excessively (never mind that most girls were accustomed to long and hard work on the farm and at home!).”

It is too bad Title IX put an end to Six on Six. This sounds much more entertaining then the WNBA. Furthermore, the founders of six on six may have had a point when they worried about excessive muscle growth and masculine traints.

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