Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Coach Bree Hanafin: College recruiting…where do I start?! The Parents...

Part 2 of Coach Hanafin's article on College Recruiting:  The Parents Role

You can read Part 1 here.

To the parents…let your player drive the process.

  1. Learn the rules. Know what types of contact and actions are allowed at each age/year and stay up to date. Check out the NCAA recruiting website for helpful tips and calendars.
  2. Have conversations with your daughter frequently about pros and cons of each school. They will need guidance on keeping an overall perspective and not only making a decision based on softball. Make sure they choose a school that they like regardless of softball. Coaches could leave, careers could end at any moment…make sure they envision themselves being at the school, not just being on the softball team. 
  3. Treat your daughters like they are adults. If they cannot handle the responsibility or pressure now, they will not be capable of doing it when they are truly on their own playing in college. Let them be independent and just be supportive – if they truly want to play at the next level then they put enough pressure on themselves; you do not need to add any. Help guide them by equipping them with the skills they need to stay organized, motivated, and positive throughout the process.

Check back soon for Part 3, The Coaches...

Friday, May 11, 2018

Randy Yates Memorial Firebirds Scholarship

NVGSA will issue a $500 scholarship to a former Firebirds player in memory of Coach Randy Yates. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who plays (or played) with the Firebirds at the 16U or 18U level. To apply, please complete the following application and return it to info@firebirdsfp.com. The deadline for this year’s application is May 31, 2018.
About Coach Yates:
Coach Yates had an illustrious career with NVGSA, the Firebirds, South County High School, and the SYA Xplosion. His players went on to play everywhere from college to the pros. He was so proud of his players and always tried to deflect any credit for their development.  He epitomized the spirit of sportsmanship.

Coach Yates had more than 15 years of competitive coaching experience at both the high school and travel levels. Coach Yates was the Associate Head Coach at South County High School from 2005-2017, helping guide them to 7 District titles, 2 Regional titles, and a State championship in 2014. Coach Yates also coached the very successful ‘97 Firebirds to 19 tournament victories, including a VA ASA State Championship, USSSA State Championship, a top 5 (out of 55 teams) finish at an NSA World Series in Orlando, and a Pony Nationals Runner-up finish. Coach Yates was an experienced and respected instructor in the softball community and took teams to tournaments in Italy. He was the recipient of a Fairfax County Champion of Character Award, awarded annually to only 9 youth coaches, in any sport, who demonstrate the highest levels of character and sportsmanship.

Coach Yates continued to give back to the Firebirds in recent years, serving as an advisor to the club and helping our players improve. He was a friend and a mentor to many in the club. The entire NVGSA community, from the Firebirds through the Dimensions to our house program, is better today because of Coach Yates. Coach Yates passed away in December 2017.

Scholarship Eligibility:
Applicants must:

  1. Be a high school senior graduating in 2018
  2. Be planning to attend college (4-year or 2-year) beginning no later than 2019. Applicants do not have to plan to play softball in college.
  3. Be a current or former Firebird at the 16U and/or 18U level
  4. Submit a completed application, by May 31, 2018, to info@firebirdsfp.com

Download the application here.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Firebirds Classic Info

‪Only ✌️ more days until the #FirebirdsClassic!‬
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‪✌️ great ways to follow the action:‬

‪1. Join us at the fields!
     Full Schedule here!

‪2. Follow play-by-play:‬
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 ‪     12U-Abro Scoreboard ‬

      12U-Meyer Scoreboard

      14U Knapp Scoreboard

Also, Leveling the Playing Field will be on hand to collect used sports gear so that it can be passed on to other athletes in need.  Please see the attached for what equipment is accepted.