Friday, July 6, 2018

Tryout Schedule 2018

The Firebirds announce the tryouts schedule for the eight teams forming for the 2018-2019 season.

Tryout locations:

Wakefield Forest Elementary School
4011 Iva Lane
Fairfax, VA 22032

Edison High School
5801 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310


Date
Age Group
Time
Location
Tuesday 7/24
14U
6 pm
Edison High School
Wednesday 7/25
14U
6 pm
Edison High School
Sunday 7/29
10U
10 am
WFES

12U
12 pm
WFES

14U
2 pm
WFES

16/18U
4 pm
WFES
Tuesday 7/31
10U
6 pm
WFES

12U
6 pm
WFES

14U
6 pm
WFES

16/18U
6 pm
WFES
Wednesday 8/1
10U
6 pm
WFES

12U
6 pm
WFES

14U
6 pm
WFES

16/18U
6 pm
WFES
Saturday 8/4
10U
10 am
WFES

12U
12 pm
WFES

14U
2 pm
WFES

16/18U
4 pm
WFES

Age groups fielding more than one team will hold tryouts together, that is 11U players should attend tryouts at the 12U time and 13U with the 14U.

Private tryouts are available, and the prospective player should contact the team coach for further information.

Contact info:
10U/10U Futures: Pappy Palazzo: SoftballCoachPappy@gmail.com
11U -  Steve Mrowka:  mrowkas@yahoo.com
12U - Michael Abromavage: nvgsafirebirds06@gmail.com
12U - Tom Meyer: tmeyer@horstfrisch.com
13U - Jake Moon: jaquamoon15@gmail.com
14U - Dennis Knapp:  nvgsafirebirds04@gmail.com
16U/18U - Tom Meyer: tmeyer@horstfrisch.com
18U - Mark Pilch: MPILCH@travelers.com

Firebirds VP - Jesse Ellis: jellis77@hotmail.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Paige Kelly and Grace Wilsey Win Yates Memorial Scholarships


The Firebirds are pleased to announce that Paige Kelly and Grace Wilsey are the recipients of this year’s Randy Yates Memorial Firebirds Scholarships. Each of these former Firebirds has won an unrestricted scholarship to support them in college.

Paige Kelly
Kelly is a recent graduate of West Springfield High School. She will be attending St. John’s University this fall. A Firebird player for four years, Kelly continues to volunteer for the club, in addition to her volunteer work through the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. Kelly says that, because of her Firebird family, “I not only became a much better softball player, but I also learned determination and developed my will to always want to work the hardest I can, no matter what.”
Grace Wilsey

Wilsey graduated last month from Hayfield Secondary School. She played three years for the Firebirds and has been as active volunteer at her church’s hypothermia shelter and with Stop Hunger Now. She will attend the University of Virginia this fall. Of her former team, Wilsey says “To me, being a Firebird has always meant more off the field than on it…. We are Firebirds, all of us, a family.”

The scholarship is named for Coach Randy Yates, a former Firebirds coach and advisory who epitomized the spirit of sportsmanship and the love of the game. Kelly and Wilsey each played for him. Coach Yates passed away in 2017.


Wilsey
Kelly

Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Team Formation: Firebirds 12U (2007)


The Firebirds are pleased to announce the formation of a new team that will begin play this fall. The team, which will compete at the 12U Open/A level, will be comprised of players born in 2007. 

Steve Mrowka will serve as the team’s head coach. Coach Mrowka has over 25 years of softball and baseball coaching experience. Previously the head baseball coach at George Washington University and Georgia College & State University, he has over 600 career wins as a college head coach. He is currently the head softball coach at Northern Virginia Community College; he has led the Nighthawks since founding the program in 2015. Joining Coach Mrowka will be assistant coach Bruce Brasher, who brings nearly a decade of experience as a successful travel softball coach in Northern Virginia. 

The new team will be hosting tryouts on July 29, July 31, August 1, and August 4. For more information on tryouts and to register, please visit www.firebirdsfp.com.

For more information on the new ’07 Firebirds team, please contact Coach Mrowka at mrowkas@yahoo.com.