Do you like Softball? Meet Finesse 10u. A group of 12 spunky, talented and dedicated girls that have come a long way since fall. How far? Check out the winter training video on the Finesse Home Page. Living and breathing softball, giving it their all even when they thought there was nothing left to give, and then stretching even more…to prepare for the 2012 season and ultimately the 2012 USSSA World Series in Orlando, Florida July 28 through August 4.
I am honored to be traveling with the girls on this exciting journey. Trading pins, team gifts, and maybe a famous mouse? There will be much to see and do at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, even outside of the game schedule…and I’m not just talking about Coach Joe’s dances in the dugout. (video anyone?)
Competing in a division that includes 26 teams from 13 different states (11 from the continental US, plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico) will be tough, but the Finesse girls are up to the challenge! There are a total of 26 teams listed for 10u at the time of this publishing.
When not breathing softball, the Finesse girls will be staying at the Bahama Bay Resort and spa, a tropical oasis just a short skip from the playing fields. Bahama Bay is a beautiful location to play, rest and enjoy the camaraderie of a team in their down time – but we’ve heard you should stay out of the “back pool” at night, because apparently alligators like it. Yes, I think I’ll stick to the spa. Unless I see a good gator photo op. Then I might have to face my fears. Maybe.
Softball, and gators, and Disney, oh my – “Following Finesse” will be a series of blog posts following one special team, Finesse 10u, through the amazing adventure in softball games and behind the scenes of the 2012 USSSA World Series.
A hearty thanks to coaches John Wojcik, Joe Smith, Pat Callahan, Rob Kennedy as well as Stan the Stat Man and all of the parents for being such a warm and welcoming softball family. Your hard work, guidance, support and dedication are why these girls thrive – this team would not be where they are without you.
Through triumph or defeat, the 2012 USSSA World Series promises to be an exciting ride…I do hope you will join me.
USSSA World Series Opening Day is Saturday, July 28 – Go Finesse!
Please check out the Finesse Fastpitch Website to learn more about the Finesse Organization, and mark your calendar for the 2013 Tryouts which will be the weekends of August 11/12 and August 18/19.
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