Out of all the amazing softball players in the country, only a small group can be chosen for the the USA Junior Olympic and Olympic Teams. For those who have excelled all their lives in the sport, that can be a difficult reality. But for some, the dream of playing in the Olympics continues. Eliyah Flores and her parents decided to tryout for another team.
Eliyah Flores plays for the much heralded Firecrackers Rico Team. She tried out for the USA Junior Olympic team but unfortunately was not selected. Her parents then asked the Mexico Softball team if they would let her tryout for the that team.
Her father Jimmy Flores said Mexico’s coaches knew who she was and were willing to give her a chance. She was required to prove her Mexican ancestry. She was accepted and played for the team against the SoCal All-Stars at Irvine, CA.
Eliyah is excited to play for Team Mexico since its part of her heritage, allows her to play at the international level and hopefully give her the chance to play in the Olympic Games in the future.
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.