Whoever said Baseball was just for boys has never met IMG Academy baseball program summer camp student, Shayla Anderson. Shayla has enough spunk and talent to compete with any boy on any day. Every day at practice, she is giving it her all and not holding back. Even though she is the only girl out there on the field, she doesn't let that intimidate her. Shayla has been playing at IMG for three weeks now and enjoys training with the rest of the boys, "It's fun, they treat me like one of the guys and don't hold back in the games or practice."
Shayla, who is now 18, took up tee ball when she was very little. This later progressed into playing softball as she got older. However, just four years ago her parents wanted her to begin playing baseball because they thought slow-pitch softball was getting "too easy" for her. When she began baseball Shayla claims that the game came "natural" for her and she found herself easily competing with the boys. She now plays two positions, as a catcher and shortstop. Shayla even jokingly admitted that she's better than most boys in baseball.
It is easy to say that Shayla has lived a very unique life. She was originally born in South Carolina and when she was four her and her family moved to Kuwait and recently they have moved again to Qatar. Shayla has begun a trend in female athletics in the Middle East. In Kuwait and Qatar she was the first female ever to make the All-Star Baseball team.
Shayla also has a younger brother who plays baseball. She enjoys having a sibling in the same sport as her because they help each other out, "If I'm doing something wrong, he'll point it out and I do the same for him. He has the mind of a major league baseball player."
With Shayla's talent she can take multiple paths for her future. As of right now, she is home schooled and plans to finish her senior classes this year. She also plans to return to IMG in December to continue training and also wants to spend a post-grad year here after graduating. Depending on where the future may take her, Shayla would like to play college baseball for her favorite team, University of South Carolina, or would also consider playing professional fast-pitch softball. Who knows. We may see her one day winning a NCAA Baseball Championship title or competing for a gold medal in the Olympics!