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Our Development Program 

 

14U Softball Development Program:

The 14U softball development program focuses on laying a strong foundation for young athletes. Key aspects include:

  • Skill Development: Emphasis on mastering fundamental skills such as hitting, pitching, fielding, and base running.

  • Team Play: Introduction to advanced team strategies and situational plays to develop a deeper understanding of the game.

  • Physical Conditioning: Basic strength and conditioning exercises to enhance fitness and prevent injuries.

 

  • Sportsmanship: Instilling the values of teamwork, respect, and fair play.

  • Academic Balance: Encouraging athletes to maintain good grades and manage their time effectively between sports and school.

16U Softball: Increased Expectations

As athletes transition to 16U, the expectations rise significantly. The focus shifts to:

  • Advanced Skills: Refining technical skills and developing a higher level of game intelligence.

  • Sportsmanship: Continued emphasis on positive behavior on and off the field, promoting a respectful and competitive environment.

  • Academic Excellence: Maintaining strong academic performance, as grades become increasingly important for college prospects.

  • College Coach Connections: Building relationships with college coaches through showcases, camps, and tournaments. Athletes are encouraged to create profiles, highlight videos, and attend recruiting events.

  • Strength Training: Implementing structured strength and conditioning programs to improve overall mobility, athleticism, and injury prevention.

18U Softball: Mental Challenges and College Recruiting

At the 18U level, the focus is on preparing athletes for college softball and beyond. Key components include:

  • Mental Toughness: Developing resilience, focus, and the ability to handle pressure through mental training exercises and sports psychology.

  • College Recruiting: Strategizing and executing college recruitment plans by attending major showcases such as Triple Crown, PGF (Premier Girls Fastpitch), and Team New Jersey tournaments. These events are crucial for exposure to college coaches and scouts.

  • Showcases: Participating in high-profile tournaments to demonstrate skills and compete against top-tier talent.

  • Continuous Skill Development: Fine-tuning advanced skills and maintaining peak physical condition.

  • Leadership: Encouraging athletes to take on leadership roles within their teams and communities.

By following this structured development path from 14U to 18U, athletes are well-prepared to excel in college softball and beyond, equipped with the necessary skills, physical conditioning, academic discipline, and mental fortitude.

OUR COACHES & EXPERIENCES

Celina Avina (Castillo)

Owner/Long Island University alumni DI/ 18 years coaching experience

 

Jose Avina

Owner/Nichols State University DI Football/ Strength & conditioning coach/ 15 years coaching experience

 

Monique Castillo

Carlmont High School strike out record holder

College of San Mateo 

10 years coaching experience 

Matt McGrew 

Menlo College baseball/ 15 years coaching experience 

12 year varsity baseball coach at Sheldon High School 

Ariel Silva 

Widener University/ 5 years coaching experience


 

Our coaching staff is comprised of highly experienced professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our program. Here are the key factors that qualify us as top-tier coaches:

  • Ex-Collegiate Players: Our coaches have firsthand experience as collegiate athletes, giving them a deep understanding of the game at a high level. Their backgrounds include playing at prestigious colleges and universities, which allows them to impart valuable insights and techniques to our athletes.

  • Specialized Expertise: Each coach possesses specific specialties, whether it’s pitching, hitting, fielding, or base running. This allows us to provide targeted training that addresses the unique needs of every player, ensuring comprehensive development in all aspects of the game.

  • Over 20 Years of Coaching Experience: With more than two decades of coaching experience, our staff has a proven track record of developing talent and guiding players to reach their full potential. This extensive experience has honed our ability to identify and nurture young athletes’ strengths while addressing their areas for improvement.

  • Strong College Coach Relationships: Over the years, we have built and maintained strong relationships with numerous college coaches. These connections are invaluable in the recruiting process, as they provide our athletes with enhanced exposure and opportunities to be noticed by top college programs.

  • Knowledge of Best Recruiting Tournaments: Our familiarity with the recruiting landscape includes knowing which tournaments and showcases are most effective for gaining visibility. Events such as Triple Crown, PGF, and Team New Jersey tournaments are strategically selected for their high level of competition and the presence of college recruiters. 

By leveraging our collective experience, specialized skills, and extensive network, we are committed to providing a comprehensive and effective development program for our athletes. Our goal is to ensure that each player is well-prepared to succeed both on and off the field, paving the way for future success in collegiate softball and beyond.

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