Wow..what a week our team had, sizzling in terms of heat and games! 108 degrees cannot be explained in words. You get instant head ache when walking in the sun. At least I did. The girls survived until Saturday which was great. Not a lot of parents thought our team would make it this far because of the extreme heat. It was double elimination games and it was a lot of ups and downs but the girls played their best ever under extreme weather condition. Very proud of each and every girl in the team for putting their best effort. Ultimately in these types of games, it all comes down to which team has the stamina to last game after game.
I was unable to go to the opening ceremonies since I had to work but you can check out all the happenings at the 12U ASA Nationals 2015 facebook page. They had parades, coaches dance off, raffles, speeches by former Olympians There were three Team USA Olympic Gold Medalists (Womens’ Softball) present: Jenny Topping (Jenny Topping Softball) Michelle Grainger, and 3-time gold medalist, Leah O’Brien-Amico. Lots of contests and winners. 55 of the best softball teams from all over the US arrived at Roseville, CA to compete.
Here is the Final order of finish. My daughters team is Strike Zone Red. They did great considering this is their first time playing at the Nationals. Very proud of her and her teammates. The girls (each and every one of them) practiced well and played hard in the intense heat. Sometimes kids do surprise us, this time by showing us parents that they are good enough to play at a National level. I remember the time when in 10U recreation softball team, I had to bribe my daughter $5 for every slide she can make since she was afraid to slide. In the Nationals she slid so hard that she actually ripped her softball pants. Good that we had black sliding shorts so it didn’t look bad. But it is funny to see how far she has come. I would have posted a pic of the big hole in her pants but she wouldn’t have liked it 😉
The parents who couldn’t take a week off of work to go to Roseville, were able to see the game play-by-play by logging on to Game Changer. It is a neat website where you can follow your team and your player stats for each game. Stats of batting, pitching, fielding etc just like for the pros. Not sure how they keep track of every single play of every single player who plays. It is amazing! My daughter and her teammates got a kick out of watching their own stats. Pretty cool!
There was also a Photo truck by YSPN who took excellent action shots of the kids during the games. Overall, it was a great experience for the girls and a glimpse for us parents into the real world of travel softball if these girls are going to be competing at this level of tournaments.
Congratulations to Texas Sudden Impact for their well deserved WIN! Way to go!!