THE VALLEY STORM FASTPITCH ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE PREMIER SOFTBALL ORGANIZATIONS IN OHIO. OUR FOCUS IS GETTING OUR PLAYERS IN FRONT OF AS MANY COLLEGE COACHES AS WE CAN. WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT RECRUITMENT HISTORY.
THIS TYPE OF ORGANIZATION IS NOT FOR EVERYONE AS IT REQUIRES MANY HOURS OF PRACTICE AND SOME TRAVEL. ALTHOUGH WE TRY OUR BEST TO STAY IN OHIO, OCCASIONALLY OUR TEAMS TRAVEL TO INDIANA, WEST VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, GEORGIA, OR ILLINOIS, TO NAME A FEW.
WE STRIVE TO GET OUR TEAMS IN THE BEST TOURNAMENTS POSSIBLE SUCH AS PGF QUALIFIERS, THE ATLANTA LEGACY, USA/ASA TOURNAMENTS, STINGRAYS, LASER NATION, GAPSS, STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS, MUSIC CITY HITS IN NASHVILLE, AND OTHER MISC COLLEGE EXPOSURE TOURNAMENTS.
WE ARE FOLLOWED BY MANY COLLEGES ALREADY AND MORE ARE ADDED TO THE LIST SEASON BY SEASON. OUR PLAYERS ARE DEDICATED TO FASTPITCH SOFTBALL. WE LIVE FOR IT.
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT SEASON, TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SOLID CORE COMING IN TO BUILD AROUND AT EACH AGE DIVISION.
ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL OR SHOOT ME AN EMAIL ANYTIME.
ROB ENGLAND / VALLEY STORM FASTPITCH - PRESIDENT / 937-829-0662 / ROB16U@AOL.COM / @COACHENGLAND (Twitter)
HAPPY 2015 !!!
TIME TO START WORKING HARD TO BE PREPARED FOR SPRING & SUMMER.
REMEMBER.....TO WIN YOU MUST BE BETTER PREPARED THAN YOUR COMPETITION.
The Valley Storm organization has only a few roster spots open for the upcoming season.
10U - Looking for 1 - Contact Ryan at 937-657-8984
12U - Looking for 1 - Contact Jeremy at 937-414-7747
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
The Valley Storm Fastpitch Organization is once again one of the most followed organizations in Ohio by college coaches. We have in the past and continue as an organization to help produce high end athletes who are very recruitable. We play solid schedules which help place our players in front of coaches where recruitment is a real possiblity.
We do not play West coast tournaments, nor do we travel to Texas or Arizona as some do. Thats great for them if it works, but our strategy is different and proven to work for our players.
Our teams practice and play in Fall and Winter and play a solid summer schedule all for a fair price. We are a true 501-c3 Non Profit and also a public charity.
Our tryouts are in August and our recruitment record is one of the best.
Come on over !!
OUR COLLEGE PLAYERS.......PRESENT AND PAST COLLEEN SCHNEIDER - WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITYLAUREN SLATTEN - UNIVERSITY OF TEXASCECELIA ALVAREZ - SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITYTAYLOR VAN WINKLE - WRIGHT STATEMIRANDA BAKER - HEIDELBERG COLLEGECARLY ALLEN - BOWLING GREEN ALLISON MILLS - RIO GRANDE UNIVERSITYJESSICA WILHELM - BLUFFTONDANIELLE MONNIER - WILMINGTONBETHANY FISHER - CAPITALAMANDA WOOLLEY - BLUFFTONCHLOE SHELL - BLUFFTONASHLEE WRIGHT - WITTENBERGJESSICA CLUTTER - WILMINGTON
JENNIFER GEORGE - ST. ANDREWS (North Carolina)KAYLA WOODARD - OTTERBEINLAUREN DICKE - DEFIANCESHELBY KNAPP - WITTENBERGRACHEL YODER - BALL STATE MORGAN HAER - URBANA UNIVERSITYHEATHER KOT - WILMINGTONMEGAN RACHFORD - WILMINGTON KRISTIN MACE - MUSKINGHAMASHLEY McCRAY - WILMINGTONALEX COX - URBANA UNIVERSITYPAIGE KIESWETTER - CAPITAL UNIVERSITYCOURTNEY STEWART - URBANA UNIVERSITYLAUREN PECK - OHIO STATE UNIVERSITYMORGAN KAIN - MT. ST. JOSEPHSKAITY McCAWLEY - UNIVERSITY OF DAYTONCASEY HOBBS - WITTENBERGHANNAH THACKER - SHAWNEE STATE UNIVERSITYBROOKE JEWELL - SINCLAIR COLLEGEJACKIE MARSHALL - WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
VALLEY STORM "ENGLAND" PLACE 3RD AT LASER NATION! 2013
THE SPEED OF SOFTBALL............
Our 16U Jessica Wilson with Coach Karen Weekly at University of Tennessee.
ATLANTA LEGACY SHOWCASE
ONCE AGAIN THE VALLEY STORM HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO COMPETE IN THE ATLANTA LEGACY SHOWCASE TOURNAMENT IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST COVETED TOURNAMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. TOP TEAMS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES APPLY FOR THIS TOURNAMENT BUT ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT ARE SELECTED.
LAUREN SLATTEN SIGNS WITH D1 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS!
EXCELLENT PLAYER, EXCELLENT FAMILY! GOOD LUCK LAUREN!
CONGRATS TO THE 16U VALLEY STORM FOR WINNING THE 2013 "HEATIN IT UP" TOURNAMENT. AS USUAL, EXCELLENT GAME PLAY BY THE LADIES! AGGRESSIVE BASE RUNNING, GREAT HITTING AND TOP SHELF PITCHING HELPED TO CAPTURE THE WIN.
VALLEY STORM TAKE 2 OF 3 DIVISIONS (MEMORIAL CLASSIC) 10U and 12U
THE 10U AND 12U STORM TEAMS WON THOSE DIVISIONS IN THE FIRST EVER JUNIOR OLYMPIC ASA NATIONAL QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT. 23 GREAT TEAMS PARTICIPATED OVERALL. THE 10U RUNNER UP WAS THE OHIO STINGRAYS AND THE 12U RUNNER UP WAS THE NORTHRIDGE STARS.
CONGRATS TO ALEX COX OF THE VALLEY STORM 18U FOR HER SIGNING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF URBANA.
ALSO BIG CONGRATS TO ALL THE OTHER 2013 VALLEY STORM 18U SIGNINGS THIS YEAR! COURTNEY STEWART (UNIVERSITY OF URBANA), ASHLEY McCRAY (WILMINGTON), KRISTIN MACE (MUSKINGHAM), PAIGE KIESEWETTER (CAPITAL UNIVERSITY), LAUREN PECK (OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY), CASEY HOBBS (WITTENBERG), KAITY McCAWLEY (UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON), MORGAN KAIN (MT ST JOSEPHS)
VALLEY STORM ........ WE CAN HIT AND WE CAN DEFEND !!
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
EUROPE CUP 2014
ONCE AGAIN, VALLEY STORM PLAYERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO PLAY IN THE 2014 EUROPE CUP.
MIRANDA HUDDLE - VALLEY STORM 16U
JESSICA WILSON - VALLEY STORM 16U
GOOD, BETTER, BEST ......
NEVER LET IT REST
UNTIL YOUR GOOD IS BETTER,
TO GIVE ANYTHING LESS THAN YOUR BEST
IS TO SACRIFICE THE GIFT....
MARKETING OUR PLAYERS TO COLLEGES ........
What's the difference between Divisions I, II and III?
Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women (or six for men and eight for women) with two team sports for each gender. Each playing season has to be represented by each gender as well. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria. For sports other than football and basketball, Div. I schools must play 100% of the minimum number of contests against Div. I opponents -- anything over the minimum number of games has to be 50% Div. I. Men's and women's basketball teams have to play all but two games against Div. I teams, for men, they must play 1/3 of all their contests in the home arena. Schools that have football are classified as Div. I-A or I-AA. I-A football schools are usually fairly elaborate programs. Div. I-A teams have to meet minimum attendance requirements (17,000 people in attendance per home game, OR 20,000 average of all football games in the last four years or, 30,000 permanent seats in their stadium and average 17,000 per home game or 20,000 average of all football games in the last four years OR, be in a member conference in which at least six conference members sponsor football or more than half of football schools meet attendance criterion. Div. I-AA teams do not need to meet minimum attendance requirements. Div. I schools must meet minimum financial aid awards for their athletics program, and there are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Div. I school cannot exceed.
Division II institutions have to sponsor at least four sports for men and four for women, with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are contest and participant minimums for each sport, as well as scheduling criteria -- football and men's and women's basketball teams must play at least 50% of their games against Div. II or I-A or I-AA opponents. For sports other than football and basketball there are no scheduling requirements. There are not attendance requirements for football, or arena game requirements for basketball. There are maximum financial aid awards for each sport that a Div. II school must not exceed. Division II teams usually feature a number of local or in-state student-athletes. Many Division II student-athletes pay for school through a combination of scholarship money, grants, student loans and employment earnings. Division II athletics programs are financed in the institution's budget like other academic departments on campus. Traditional rivalries with regional institutions dominate schedules of many Division II athletics programs.
Division III institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women, with two team sports for each gender, and each playing season represented by each gender. There are minimum contest and participant minimums for each sport. Division III athletics features student-athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic ability and athletic departments are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's experience is of paramount concern. Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to students, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.
GET THE BUNT DOWN........EVERYTIME !
- START AT THE CHIN
- SHORTEN THE BAT
- HOLD THE BAT LOOSELY
VALLEY STORM ORGANIZATION OUTLOOK
THE VALLEY STORM FASTPITCH ORGANIZATION HAS A GREAT OUTLOOK GOING FORWARD.
OUR PLAN IS FOCUSED ON COLLEGE EXPOSURE FOR OUR PLAYERS AND TAKING THEIR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AND GET MAXIMUM COLLEGE EXPOSURE AT THE SAME TIME, THE VALLEY STORM ORGANIZATION IS FOR YOU.
WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST FOCUSED AND FASTEST GROWING ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SOUTHWEST / CENTRAL OHIO AREA.
OUR GOAL IS TO PLAY COLLEGE SHOWCASE AND COLLEGE EXPOSURE TOURNAMENTS ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND AND TO NOT ONLY QUALIFY FOR BUT ALSO COMPETE IN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT.
OUR # 1 FOCUS IS PRACTICING AND PLAYING FASTPITCH SOFTBALL.
WE WILL ONLY ROSTER THE ELITE PLAYERS AND PLAYERS WITH RAW TALENT. WE HAVE PLAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF OHIO, INDIANA, WEST VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY. WE WANT TO WIN, AND BUILDING TEAMS THAT CAN COMPETE WITH ANYONE IS OUR FOCUS.
IF YOU WANT TO PLAY UPPER LEVEL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL WITH A FOCUS ON COLLEGE EXPOSURE, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OUR TRYOUTS IN AUGUST 2014. TRYOUT DATES WILL BE POSTED IN MID-JULY.
MORE COLLEGE INFORMATION HERE