Battling for the title of top team in the country are the Diamond Sports Hotshots from Texas and Georgia Impact Langston. The match pits two teams against each other who took very different paths to get to the Championship Game.
The much-hyped DS Hotshots lived up to their billing, going undefeated against the following teams:
“That’s your life, right there, right then, right now. What are you gonna do with it?”
If you watched the Women’s College World Series, you probably saw videos of Texas A&M Coach Jo Evans giving speeches to her players and getting them fired up for battle. We were able to speak with her about her speeches and how she likes to inspire her team to succeed. She also has some recommendations for coaches who want to do the same.
Here’s some video of Coach Evans giving her speech to players.
We caught up with Oregon Softball Coach Mike White and asked him what he looks for in athletes who could be candidates to join his team. Coach White also gives some advice to parents about the college recruiting process.
In our final video from our interview with Firecracker Coach Sean Brashear, he talks about the team dynamic and some things that parents should ask their softball players about playing on a team that’s right for them.
Four teams emerged as Premier Qualified teams after the North Texas 14U Qualifier on May 13 and 14, 2017.
Emerging from the Winners’ Bracket were Texas Impact Gold National Navy who had four straight wins, scoring double digits in each game. They defeated Impact Gold – Koehler 11-0 in their final game to clinch a berth.
The Texas Dirt Divas also emerged form the winners bracket after racking up four straight wins. They beat Impact Gold DFW Middlebrook 4-2 in their final game.
Rebounding from their loss and rising out the losers’ bracket were Impact Gold DFW Middlebrook beating Firecrackers HTX in their final game 9-5.
Oklahoma Force 2002 also earned their berth with a win over Impact Gold Koehler 8-2.
In our second of three segments with Firecrackers Coach Sean Brashear, we talk about his best advice to parents about paving the path to success. He also talks about the fine line between pushing your kid and letting them push themselves.
For many young softball players, we’re getting into the heart of the season. Recreational leagues will soon have their tournaments, travel teams will try to qualify for National Tournaments and the eyes of college coaches will be looking for the talent they need to fill their future roster.
Parents, coaches and teammates have high expectations and hopes of glory. All of this turns up the pressure on young ladies who aren’t even old enough to vote, or even drive.
In the first of our 3-part interview, Firecrackers Coach Sean Brashear talks with Softball Nation about how softball players can prepare for the pressure of playing on a bigger stage.