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Road to the 2012 Pony Nationals: Qualifying Teams- Week Ending 6/2

(Youth1) – This year, the 2012 Pony Softball Nationals will possess the power of a thoroughbred with these teams galloping into the tournament. Look for a listing of newly qualified Pony Teams every Thursday. Show us your excitement about your team’s berth by sending us updates, player stories, and key stats leading up to the Pony Nationals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to check back daily for feature articles highlighting the great softball action leading up to Nationals!

 

 

pony2Connecticut

 

12U

 

CT Bombers

CT Mirage 12U 99

 

14U

 

Connecticut Shock- Pisanelli

CT Bombers

CT Eliminators 14U Red

 

Florida

 

14U

 

Miami Wildcats ‘98

 

Maryland

 

12U

 

Maryland Magic 12U

 

14U

 

Maryland Black Ice 14U

Maryland Magic/Wagner’s 14

 

Michigan

 

12U

 

Michigan Batbusters Black

 

New England

 

14U

 

New England Diamond Gems Orange

 

 

New Jersey

 

12U

 

Finch’s Aces 12U

Jersey Flames 00

Jersey Flames 99

NJ Insanity 12U

NJ Mystics 12U Red

 

14U

 

Central Jersey Cyclones

Central Jersey Lightning 14U

Edison Angels 14U

Finches Aces 14U

Heartbreakers 14U

Jersey Select

NJ Insanity 14U Black

NJ Insanity 14U Yellow

NJ Sparks 14U Red

NJ Sparks 14U White

Ramapo Rage Black

Top Gun 14U Blue

Tri-State Thunder 14U

West Jersey Witches Yellow

 

New York

 

12U

 

Empire State Huskies 12U 99

Hudson Valley Hurricanes 12U Blue

Long Island Crush

Team Long Island- 99

 

14U

 

Brooklyn Cyclones Black

North Carolina

 

12U

 

NC Challengers 12U

NC Crush 12U (2000)

 

14U

 

NC Challengers 14U North

NC Challengers 14U Renzi

NC Triangle Blaze

 

Pennsylvania

 

12U

 

Philadelphia Spirit Purple

 

14U

 

Lehigh Valley Legends

Lehigh Valley Patriot Flames

PA Ball Hawks

Pittsburgh Spirit- Quinn

 

Virginia

 

12U

 

12U Virginia Legends-Bundy

Virginia Glory Elite 99

 

14U

 

14U Virginia Legends-Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

Equal Playing Time in Softball for All?

(Youth1)- Equal playing time in softball, regardless of age or division, is a hot topic among players, coaches and parents.

 

softball_on_the_benchWomen Talk Sports Network thinks that equal playing time for kids 14 and younger should be mandated. While this does make sense for younger children trying to juggle schoolwork, games, practice and learning life in general, it is not always true for older children who have played the sport for years and mastered their skills. The North Athletics Lions Athletics Philosophy feels that children at introductory level of the sport get equal opportunities for equal playing time. By the time they reach middle school this debate should end because some have more ability and practice more intently. By middle school, most children are able to manage their time efficiently to attend games, practice their skills and keep up on schoolwork.

 

As for skill, a whole other side of the debate comes into play. MomsTeam.com is for equal playing time explaining that giving the best players more playing time than the so called “weaker” or “less talented” players may help a team win more games, but at what cost? Some players never miss a practice, yet only play minimum. Others hardly ever show up to practice and are rewarded for lack of commitment with extra playing time because the coach wants to win. Every Child deserves playing time. While it is true, all players deserve playing time, when does it end; high school sports, college sports, professional sports? You do not see a minor league player who was just called up getting equal playing time of a professional star who has been in the league for years. At some point, you have to teach your children life lessons, and a talented child playing over a weaker child is one of those.

 

StatsDad.com is also against equal playing time stating that all players are not equal and the same thing can be said in life. StatsDad places more emphasis on competing than winning. Coaches should be most concerned with putting a team out on the floor that can compete with the other team. Playing time is important but if you’re not able to compete because of playing time philosophy, which can adversely affect the development of players as well. This also brings up another good point of ability, not so much talent but actual ability and athletics. If a coach were to play all players equal, with one player not being as strong or able, the child could risk injury.

 

Regardless if you are for or against equal playing time, USA Softball Coach Mike Candrea courtesy of Responsible Sports and Positive Coaching Alliance has some tips: “One way to ensure you give each player an appropriate amount of playing time is to have a detailed plan going into the game or tournament and stick with it no matter what the score is or what your record is in the tournament,” explains Candrea.

 

Cindy Bristows Softball Excellence has some great tips of what coaches look for when selected who will play and when to help give parents and players a better understanding of the coaches mind frame. When choosing a fielder, coaches will often look at the player’s hands, range, quickness and footwork. When choosing hitters, a coach will often examine a player’s power, bat control, pitch selection and plate discipline. With that in mind, it’s clear that not all players are created equal and at a certain point, equal playing time should be obsolete to ensure talents are showcased (for the sake of scholarships).

 

So, where do you stand on the issue of playing time and whether or not every player should have the same amount of playing time, and at what level of competition? Click here to share your thoughts on the Youth1 Softball Facebook Page. 

 

 

 

Written By: Stephanie Cronk

Sport Manager: Erika Yackulic

 

 

 

 

 

Two Take Home Youth1 Spirit Awards

spirit_winner(Youth1) - The very first Youth1 Spirit Award was presented at the Michelle Sullivan Fund Memorial Softball Tournament in May of this year. This purpose of the award is to recognize the unsung hero:  the athlete that may not necessarily be the top contributor in terms of stats, but who selflessly supports the team with great sportsmanship, encouragement and outstanding character.  To be considered for the award, an athlete must be nominated by the player’s coach. Youth1, based on the “best of” reasons cited within the nomination, selects winners from the pool of applicants. The Rockaway Rampage Tournament marks the second time Youth1 bestowed this award of distinction & honor, this time to two very deserving ladies, one from the 10U division and the other from the 12U.

 

The 10U award went to Summer Shivas of Rockaway Rampage for her outstanding sportsmanship and teamwork. Teammates and coaches all agree that Summer always has a positive attitude on and off the field. Shiva is always trying to motivate others to stay positive and play hard.

 

Rockaway Rampage White’s Victoria Aspiazo was awarded the Y1 Award for the 12U division.  Victoria’s sportsmanship and teamwork proved she deserved to win this award. Aspiazo has a true love of the game and is always the first to cheer no matter the score or outcome. She is dedicated to the game and keeps her entire team’s spirit up.

 

Congratulations Summer and Victoria, keep up the great sportsmanship and team spirit!

 

Be sure to check out all of the awesome tournament photos on the Youth1 Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

Written By: Stephanie Cronk

State Representative: Richard Oller

Sport  Manager: Erika Yackulic

 

 

 

 

Central Jersey Lightning 10U Take Home No.1 at Rampage Tournament

(Youth1) - The 10UA Championship Game at the 17th Annual Rockaway Rampage Memorial Day tournament had great competition, strong hitting, and smart fielding by both teams.

 

cj_lightning1Central Jersey Lightning coach was very pleased with the girls performance over the weekend, as well as the overall tournament itself. “It was a great weekend, and featured good competition. Fields are well done, umpires were great and the tournament was well organized as always," said Lighting Coach Joe Ferraiolo

 

The championship game saw Central Jersey Lightning and Mount Olive Marauders go head to head for 1st place.

 

Mount Olive had one of their strongest pitchers on the mound, recording multiple strikeouts. Offensively, Lindsey Walter had a bunt single to advance runners and Nicole Tahmoosh hit a blooper over 1st base, then continued to steal 3rd base on a ball that got past the infield. Charlotte Salafia also contributed to the team’s offense with a hard-hit single.  Alyssa Segnello, Lauren James, Bella Salafia, Kaitlin Pettenger, Anna Callahan, Leah Schmidt, Jessica Gault, Aliyah Lloyd and Isabella Hanlon all contributed to the team’s success to make it to the championship game.

 

Central Jersey Lightning’s No. 10 Jaclyn Carifi had an RBI on a fielder’s choice and showed her defensive skills as well with a line drive catch. The defensive skills proved to be too much for the Mount Olive Marauders as the Lightning held them at only 2 runs scored. Lightning’s Jenna Addie, Kelsey Burrows, Kylie Dedrick, Tori Ferraiolo, Caleigh Groff, Megan Herka, Karlie Manco, Natalia Misiur, Julia Vardiman, Gianna Waack and Allie Birgdman proved they are a team to watch as they outscored the Marauders 4-2 to take the championship title.

 

Don't Forget to check out all of the tournament photos available on the Youth1 Facebook Page

 

Written By: Stephanie Cronk

State Representative: Richard Oller

Sport Manager: Erika Yackulic

 

 

 

 

Mother Nature Prevails at Rockaway Rampage Tournament

(Youth1) - The 17th Annual Rockaway Rampage Memorial Day Weekend Tournament held in Rockaway, New Jersey fell victim to Mother Nature this past weekend. Richard Oller and his crew tried to keep the fields dry in order to complete the tournament, but the rain would not hold off long enough. Still, they did their best and played on for as long as they could. 

 

RainyFieldFast-pitch softball pool play action began Friday night with dry and muggy weather. Saturday morning, Peterson Complex saw some early softball kicking off the first set of games. However, by 2:30pm the storm clouds had rolled in and torrential downpours cancelled the remaining games for Saturday. Luckily, most teams were able to play at least one game of pool play before Mother Nature had other plans.

Sunday’s weather cleared up a bit and softball action was able to resume, ensuring every team played at least two games. This allowed the brackets to be made and for the field crew to work their magic. Bracket play was scheduled to being at 2:00pm.

 

In the 10UA division, Mount Olive, NJ Sparks, Montville Lady Mustangs and Central Jersey Lightning made it to bracket play, with Mount Olive and Central Jersey Lightning advancing to the championship game where Central Jersey Lightning would take 1st place with a score of 4-2. The 10UB division bracket included Rockaway Rampage, Jefferson Falcons, Sparta Diamonds and Hillsborough Hustle, with Jefferson and Sparta facing off in the finals. The Sparta Diamonds proved superior, taking 1st place in the 10UB division.

 

The 14U bracket play included Lightning BLACK, West Jersey Witches, Orange County Cyclones and the North Jersey Angels, with Lightning BLACK and the North Jersey Angels advancing to the championship game.

 

Due to Saturday’s cancellations, the 12U division was scheduled to begin bracket play on Monday morning. Unfortunately, the rain did not hold off long enough and after the 10U Championship awards, the storm clouds opened up and torrential downpours forced the tournament organizers to cancel the rest of the event as the fields were unsafe to resume.

 

Due to the weather, the 12U and 14U divisions were not able to play their championship games, so 1st and 2nd place went to the two highest seeds in each division. Central Jersey Lightning took 1st place in the 12UA division while Central Jersey Fillies took 1st place in the 12UB division.

 

The North Jersey Angels took 1st place in the 14UA division while Rampage Red took 1st in the 14UB and Carteret took 1st in the 14UC division.

Overall, tournament play was competitive and high-energy. Thanks goes to the entire crew that worked endlessly to keep the fields in playable condition.

 

Be sure to check out tournament photos on the Youth1 Facebook Page

 

 

 

Written by: Stephanie Cronk

State Representative: Richard Oller

Sport Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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