ELLY HAGEN (18U) PLAYS SOFTBALL IN AUSTRALIA
We, Tim Ibarra and Stacie Haas (former 18u coach) are joining together to take the Lockport Pride to the next level as a softball organization. There are many positive changes that will be forthcoming. Most of these changes will have to wait to be implemented until next season, which will start with tryouts in July, however a few issues are currently being worked on now.
With that being said, going into the 2019-2020 season and future, the Lockport Pride will now have its own indoor facility for the entire organization to practice during the winter months (Nov-March). We will be utilizing the new "Rhino Sports Academy" which is the indoor facility of the well-established and much respected Rhino baseball organization. The new Rhino House dimensions will be 46,000 SF footprint building. There will be a full sized infield with no poles and of course many batting cages. There will also be a 40 foot wide by 210 foot long track that can be utilized for many different things such as long toss, speed and agility or hitting space. The brand new facility is located in Shorewood. We will still be using all the softball fields in Lockport for outdoor practices.
As an organization, we will be focused on your daughter's growth in fundamentals, individual skills and knowledge of the game of softball. There is so much more to softball than just the game itself when it comes to young girls. We will also be teaching them how to grow as respectful, confident, polite, strong, disciplined young ladies/woman all while keeping the fun and love of the game.
Our new winter practice format will include instruction on hitting/slapping, fielding, pitching/catching and agility/speed/conditioning training in addition to the individual team practice. All of these sessions will be fundamentally based according to their respective age groups. The older teams (16u/18u) will also be doing winter crossfit sessions. The older teams will be assisted by Stacie and Brenda in the college recruiting process, if your daughter wishes to pursue a goal of playing collegiate softball. They will be assisting with making recruiting videos, writing emails to college coaches and college coach contacts.
With all that being said, we will be out this spring and summer to watch the girls play, introduce ourselves to you, if you don't already know us and "evaluate" the coaching staff to make sure our new organizational goals are being implemented. We also have an open door policy and welcome any questions, comments or concerns you may have, so if you see us please don't hesitate to stop us and ask.
TIM IBARRA AT LockportPrideSoftball@yahoo.com
STACIE HAAS AT firstname.lastname@example.org
ON NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017, THE LOCKPORT PRIDE HELD ITS 2ND ANNUAL MILITARY DONATION DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE USO OF ILLINOIS. PLAYERS COLLECTED ITEMS FOR CARE PACKAGES TO SEND TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OVERSEAS SERVING OUR COUNTRY.
THE LOCKPORT PRIDE RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE 1985 SUPER BOWL CHAMPION, STEVE MCMICHAEL OF MONGO MCMICHAEL'S, WHO DONATED THE SPACE FOR THE EVENT, HARRAH'S CASINO (DONATED PLAYING CARDS), HOME DEPOT (DONATED THE BOXES) AND BRIAN TRAVIS, WHO MADE A GENEROUS DONATION. THE PRIDE PLAYERS AND FAMILIES WORKED THE ENTIRE TIME PACKING, SEALING AND LOADING THE ITMES INTO THE HUMVEE'S.
2017 (KELLY) AND 2018 (SCHOOLCRAFT) PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS
COURTNEY SCHOOLCRAFT (18U) - 2ND ANNUAL PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 16U (IBARRA) FOR THEIR 1ST PLACE FINISH AT THE BLUE WAVE SUMMER TOURNAMENT TO EARN THE ASA/USA NATIONAL BID
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 12U! THEY TOOK 1ST PLACE AT THE 2018 MOKENA BLAST INTO SUMMER TOURNAMENT
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 14U(HUJDA). THEY TOOK 2ND PLACE AT THE USSSA TOURNEY IN OSWEGO
Lockport Pride Fastpitch
THE PLAYERS WERE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH THE SOLDIERS AND SPEND TIME IN THE HUMVEE'S AND UNDERSTAND HOW THE MECHANICS WORK AND HOW THEY PROTECT THE SOLDIER'S WHEN IN COMBAT.
MEGHAN KELLY (18U) - 1ST ANNUAL PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 16U PLAYERS ALYSSA IBARRA AND LAILA SUMMERS AS PROVIDENCE FINISHED 3RD AT THE IHSA STATE TOURNAMENT IN EAST PEORIA
PRIVATE TRYOUTS AVAILABLE
WHO: 10U / 12U / 14U / 16U / 18U
WHERE: BRENT HASSERT PARK