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.
“Don’t get caught up keeping up with the softball Joneses”
We talked to Firecrackers Softball Coach Tony Rico at the exclusive Firecrackers Combine at the Triple Crown Sports Colorado Sparkler. He told us his advice to players and parents on handling the pressures and emotions of the college recruiting process.
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.
Coach Jenny Allard on the kind of athlete she recruits
Harvard has a long history of being one of the best academic institutions in America. Softball players who want to go to the school are most likely good students. We spoke to Coach Allard at the Colorado Sparkler about the kinds of players she brings to Harvard Softball.
You’ll also see her old coach hanging out in the background!
Coach Allard also played for Michigan for Coach Hutch.
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.
As we come to the end of the Rec Softball Board Term, leagues around the country will elect new board members and Executive Committee Members. Here are 10 reasons why softball parents should not be on the Executive Board but sadly will make it anyway.
You change the rules of the league to benefit your own kid
You use league money to go on a personal vacation
You’ve threatened to take your kids and go play travel ball
You have no math skills but want to be treasurer
As treasurer, you go to board meetings and say “The finances are good” but you haven’t created a budget or filed taxes for the last two years
You want to put the All-Star players on one rec team because they need to “carpool”
You make a deal with the local professional coaches to give lessons to your girls for free if you give them a deal to run clinics
You don’t want what’s best for all the girls and families in the league and it’s all about your daughter
You want to eliminate Silver All-Star teams because it degrades the Gold All-Star Teams
You donate money to the local high school teams to get a spot for your kid when she gets there