Ringette was a sport played by high school girls (and maybe at higher levels, too) until about 10-15 years ago in the U.S. (and maybe elsewhere, but I’m not sure about that either). It may still exist in some places, but it has faded away completely where I live.
Ringette was played not with a puck, but with a hard rubber ring, about the size of a large donut. Instead of hockey sticks with blades on the end, ringette players used sawed off hockey sticks, and advanced the ring by poking their sticks through the ring and sliding it along the ice or passing it on the ice to another player.
Anyway, the whole point of ringette was that it was an ice sport for girls, and it existed because it was an alternative for ice hockey, which of course could only be played by males. Or so everyone though in the Dark Ages …
But now, in these enlightened ages, high schools and universities have girls’ and women’s ice hockey teams, because … well because our society finally figured out that you don’t need a penis in order to play ice hockey.
I view fast-pitch softball as the summertime equivalent to ringette. Although the sport was not specifically created to be a substitute for baseball that females could play, it has certainly become so. Few boys/men play the sport, and there are no fast-pitch teams for males at the high school and university level.
So why, in these enlightened times, have not females abandoned fast-pitch softball in order to play baseball?