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Discussion Guide: A League Of Their Own

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Movie Synopsis 

It's a home run with this hilarious and beloved comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. With baseball lineups and locker rooms left empty during World War II, the newly-founded All-American Girls Baseball League brought talented women to the big leagues—and brought fans to the stands. The indomitable Dottie Hinson (Davis) finds herself leading a rag tag group of players who end up winning over the heart of their has-been coach, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell and Jon Lovitz round out the all-star roster. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think it was so hard for society to accept that women were playing baseball? What made the league so successful?
  2. What examples can you find of Rockford Peaches’ players exemplifying a Triple-Impact Competitor®? Name 3 and discuss.
  3. Do the Rockford Peaches focus more on a Scoreboard definition of winning or a Mastery approach?
  4. What qualities does Dottie have that make her a team leader?
  5. Consider Jimmy’s journey as a manager throughout the movie. What differences do you see in his style from the beginning of the season to the World Series?
  6. Why do you think Dottie is reluctant to attend the opening of the exhibit at the end of the movie?

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