Connecting with Charters: The Pride taking on the Raiders


The USSSA Pride was well represented by Ashley Charters, Francesca Enea, and Jenn Salling on their visit to Seminole State College of Florida Softball team. Seminole State College is known as the Raiders and are lead by head coach Courtney Miller and assisted by Jack Bitzer, Katie Field, and Bill Fields. The Raiders had one more practice day before they left for their championship tournament in Pensacola, Florida. Coach Miller allowed the girls to jump into their full team scrimmage and really allowed the Pride girls to feel welcomed. This opportunity allowed many of the Raiders to see … [Read more...]

Connecting with Charters: Hanging with the Hatters


Last week ended with the USSSA Pride’s Ashley Charters visiting Stetson University Softball team, located in Deland, Florida. The Stetson University Softball team are known as the Hatters and a part of the Alantic Sun Conference.  They are lead by Head coach Frank Griffin and Associate Head Coach Vanessa Bataille. Head Coach Frank Griffin is in his 16th season leading the Hatters and has worked diligently to build a successful softball program that boasts numerous Atlantic Sun Conference appearances along with leading a fundraising effort to build the softball complex there today.  The … [Read more...]

Connecting with Charters: Softball at Spruce Creek High School


This week started out with the USSSA Pride’s Ashley Charters visiting Spruce Creek High School Softball team known as the lady hawks.  The hawks are a young as a whole with only 2 seniors and a number of underclassmen.  Despite the youth of the team the program has great experience coached by a Cameron McClelland and his wife Bethany McClelland who have both been involved in the program long enough to bring some tradition and experience to the girls they coach. Charters was able to talk to the girls about the opportunities available to young women today who want the chance to play softball … [Read more...]

Connecting with Charters: Crunch Time


The USSSA Florida Pride’s Ashley Charters paid a visit to Apopka High School Softball team known as the Blue Darters.  The Blue Darters are at the tail end of their season heading into the crunch time of possible post-season play. This is the point in the season where a lot of high schools are looking to make it to district and regional play and hopefully fight for the state championship in their division.  Ashley Charters was able to talk to the Blue Darters prior to their practice touching on a few points surrounding the opportunities available in the National Pro Fastpitch and how amazing … [Read more...]

Connecting with Charters: Getting in touch with the Orlando Area


This week the USSSA Pride had some great opportunities to reach out into the central Florida high school and College community.  The first stop on Wednesday started with the Lake Mary High School Softball team known as the Rams.  Both Francesca Enea and Ashley Charters were able to represent the USSSA Pride at the practice. The Rams were enthusiastic about getting on the field and doing some work with the Pride players.  Probably the most beneficial aspect of the practice was getting some good question answer time and learning the importance of the mental aspect of the game.  In addition, … [Read more...]