A Field of Dreamers on Stolen Land – Practices of Unsettling on the Recreational Softball Diamonds of Tkaronto
Journal of Sport History, Volume 46, Number 2, Summer 2019, pp. 302-317
The game of baseball and the diamond upon which it is played function within North American society to stabilize settler colonial identities and processes. This paper draws on ethnographic research of the Field of Dreamers Cooperative Softball Association in Toronto, Ontario, to explore how this recreational softball league attempts to create radical spaces of play within, against, and beyond the dominant power structures that govern social relations in a settler colonial context. This study describes the practices and processes by which the league works to unsettle their spaces of play from the national myths of baseball history and settler futurity. It also reflects on the Field of Dreamers’ endeavors to create relationships
and practices that acknowledge the territories on which they play while disrupting social relations that often exclude people from organized sports and public space.
Exploring the Radical Possibilities of Recreational Sports
September 4, 2018 – Talking Radical Radio by Scott Neigh
Beyond creating a great space to enjoy softball, Field of Dreamers is also, integrally, a radical political project. It is a way for people who are otherwise occupied by the stresses of activism, organizing, and just surviving in an expensive city like Toronto to find nourishment, relaxation, and fun. It is a space for those who participate to experiment outside of the intensity of activism and organizing with ways of working together that reflect values of justice and liberation, and with creating cultures of care that our movements so desperately need but so often lack. And its a way to intervene politically in the realm of sport, which is so often just abandoned by radicals today.
Check out this issue of Shameless Magazine for an interview that talks about the origins of our league!