History of 6-on-6 Basketball

In honor of attending the 100th IGHSAU’s Girls State Basketball Championships this weekend, here is a brief look at how 6-on-6 basketball began.

Iowa 6-on-6 basketball originated in Dubuque in 1898. The rules of the game were transformed by the National Committee of Women’s Basketball in 1899 after a year of playing by 5-on-5 standards. 6-on-6 basketball was competitive, fast-paced and encouraged physical play among all players. The sport’s popularity grew statewide and in 1920, 24 teams of girls competed in the first girls’ basketball state tournament.

A few years later, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) decided sports were not fit for girls, so 6-on-6 basketball was almost completely eliminated until the Iowa girls high School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) was formed. Girls’ basketball continued to grow, and by the 1950s, more than 70% of all Iowa girls played 6-on-6 basketball.

In 1972, Congress passed Title IX which aimed to give equal treatment to men and women in schools. This law allowed girls to play in all sports by 1975, but unfortunately also ended 6-on-6 basketball. Although it may be gone, 6-on-6 basketball will always be remembered as the game that gave over 1 million girls the opportunity to play competitive sports and will forever remain a legacy in the state of Iowa.

About Angelo Pizzo

Legendary screenwriter Angelo Pizzo has signed on to write the script based on the ‘Maynard 8 Miles’ book.

Pizzo, who grew up in Bloomington, Ind., is best known for ‘Hoosiers’ and ‘Rudy.’ In his early years, Pizzo attended Indiana University and received his bachelor’s degree in political science, while later attended film school at the University of Southern California.

I really connected with Angelo, as our first meeting lasted around six hours.

“I loved Brian’s book and thought immediately that here was an opportunity to write a sports story from the female vantage point, something I’ve never done,” Pizzo said in a statement.

Since then, we have been in constant contact about the screenplay.

Five-Year Anniversary

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Today, February 11, 2019, marks the five-year anniversary of Maynard 8 Miles being published.

As we move forward in this journey, I want to thank everyone who has been involved by either reading the book, sending their words of encouragement or shared their personal stories. I look forward to what the next five years will bring.

For now, I’m looking forward to attending the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament Feb. 28-March 2. Feel free to stop by my booth Thursday-Saturday to pick up your copy of the book.


Book Donation to Falk Elementary

My father, Glenn Borland, was involved in the Madison Metropolitan
School District for more than 30 years, including being the Interim Superintendent. After he passed, my family wanted to seek a way to appropriately honor the memory of our parents.

After finding out that a local elementary school, Falk Elementary, was launching a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program during the 2017-18 school year, we knew we had to help. On Nov. 7, 2017, myself, along with Liz and Brad decided to purchase more than 400 books and donate them to the new reading corner. We also donated close to 250 copies of the Maynard 8 Miles book.

For more information, watch this clip on NBC 15.