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.
Here are a few photo’s from Team USA’s Tour Stop in Irvine California at Deanna Manning Stadium.
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.
Check out the live draw on YouTube starting at Noon PST!
Monday, March 13, 2017
What teams will you play?
The Houston PGF Qualifier gets started this weekend! 10 teams will compete for two 12u Premier berths. Good luck to all the teams playing.
They hope to join the 12u teams who have been invited:
- Birmingham Thunderbolts 04 Flannery
- Beverly Bandits Premier Pannell
- Texas Glory 2K4
- Georgia Impact Langston
- Texas Blaze
- Texas Impact Gold Spencer
- Diamond Sports Hotshots North
- Tennessee Mojo
- Texas Intensity Smith
- Team North Carolina Eaton
- Ohio Outlaws Richards
- So Cal Athletics Limo
- OC Batbusters Flores
- Corona Angels Carter
- CC Dirt Dogs Pickering
- Firecrackers Brashear/Lopez
- Virginia Glory – Willemssen
- Cal Breeze 04
- Athletics Mercado/Kinch
- Lady Lightning Gold
- Team Worth 2022
- American Pastime Velasquez
- TN Fury 04
Source: Premier Girls Fastptich
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Check out this story about what coaches are saying. Some advice from them about getting to the collegiate level.