California Thunder OC 97 is a second year 14U team that is looking for experienced travel ball players for the 2011/2012 season. CTOC 97 had a very successful 2011 season that included winning the AFA State Championships and finishing 2nd at AFA Western Nationals. We are looking to build upon our success by adding some strong, dedicated student/athletes to our very strong core of players who are willing to compete at the highest level, work hard and dedicate themselves to the team. All positions are open and earned.
We will be competing in both Premier & ASA events as well as all the other major tournaments. Our main goal is to qualify and compete in the 2012 Premier or USA/ASA National Championships. We will also strengthen individual softball skills, teach leadership skills, encourage teamwork & sportsmanship and prepare the players to be showcased.
California Thunder OC was formed by Murray Sportsman, one of the initial coaches of the original 1991 California Thunder 16 ASA National Championship team, founded by Tom Tucker. Calif Thunder OC plans to continue the philosophies and winning tradition of the original program where Murray's coaching experience was the at 14U, 16U & 18Gold levels. As a 2-time USA/ASA National Champion, Murray is currently the Manager/Coach of the California Thunder OC 98 team and an advisor to the 97 14U team. The Calif Thunder OC 98 team was also the 2011 AFA National Champion.
Calif Thunder OC is also pleased to accept the endorsement of 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and California Thunder Alumnus, Leah O'brien-Amico. Leah will be acting in a consulting, mentoring and advisory capacity to the team.
This team will be coached by experienced travel ball coaches with over 15 years of coaching experience. They have a proven track rrecord of success and know how to teach, develop, motivate and build confidence in the girls. This team will also hit and condition w/ EM (speed, power & agility training) at the STC in Anaheim. If you want your daughter to learn the proper fundamentals and be pushed and challenged as an athlete in a positive, structured, competitive environment, then come check us out.
** Open Tryouts Saturday, August 20th from 9:00am - 1:00pm **
8:30am - 9:00am Registration & Check in
9:00am - 10:00am Pitchers & Catchers
10:00am - 1:00pm Position Players
(come early to register and warm up & please bring plenty of water)
** Saturday, August 27th - Call Backs, Final Tryouts & Scrimmage
Call back athletes from the Aug 20th tryout must be available on Aug 27th for further consideration
Please complete the attached tryout form and email or fax it to Brian before the tryout and we will let you know what field we will be at. If you are not able to make the above tryout date, please give us a call and we will schedule a private/confidential workout. If you have any questions at all please let us know. Please check out website for updates.
Brian Coleman - Manager/Head Coach
Cedric Cravens - Asst Coach
John Gimpl - Asst Coach