Charlotte Starz Fastpitch Softball
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Now entering our ninth consecutive year, the Starz have one of the longest active runs of any organization in the region. With the recent addition of Coach Daryle Marr's Starz 8-U Gold, we now have 5 teams competing in age groups ranging from 8 to 18. Although each club possesses its own unique identity, players, and missions, together they share the common vision of placing player development, character growth, and team success as their primary mission.
The Starz are led by their flagship 18-U Elite College Showcase team, built around the class of 2015, which is continuing to pave the way for future generations of Starz players. This team, led by organization President Steve Foster, is looking forward to playing a balanced but aggressive 14-tournament schedule that will take this group from Pennsylvania to Florida and west to Chattanooga in an effort to help each player attain the dream of playing in college. Our second-year showcase program offers our athletes unique ways to connect with college coaches and prepare them for the opportunity to take their games to the next level.
Coach Luis Yepez's Starz 12-U Purple team represents the standard bearer for future generations of Starz Players. Coach Yepez led his group to the most successful season in Starz history in 2012, compiling an astounding 55-8 record and winning 11 of 14 tournaments they entered in their 10-U Gold season. His team finished the year as the 2012 NSA Class A 10-U North Carolina State Champions and 2012 Top Gun Sports Class A 10-U World Series Champions. Coach Luis plans to build on that success as his young athletes make the transition to 12-U ball in 2013.
And in the spring of 2013, the Starz were excited to announce the addition of Coach Mike Stolzenbach's Starz 12-U Gold team along with Coach John Johnson's 14-U Purple team. Both teams are expected to be highly competitive out of the gate and should quickly grow into championship contenders. Just as importantly, these teams will provide the next generation of players for our showcase program.
The Starz are eager to add teams in all age groups and would consider either a start-up team with the right coach or an existing team looking for the advantages available through our organization, including:
- Fully qualified tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation
- Centralized accounting and banking
- Complete documentation to protect both the coaching staffs and players
- Standardized uniform and equipment packages
- Better access to players and facilities
- State-of-the-art website, complete with player and team statistics tracking
- The opportunity to roll the ball out there and go play
The Starz, began as a single 8-and-under team formed in May, 2006 by then President and organization founder Ashley Davis with a core group of young players from his highly-successful West Mecklenburg Athletic Association 9U team. To this group, they carefully blended talented players from several north Charlotte associations, including Huntersville (HYAA), Mallard Creek (MCAA), and Odell (ORSA). Their goal was to create a hard-hitting team showcasing great team speed and solid defense which would be ready to compete at championship levels in local tournaments. In only their second tournament, the original Starz 8U team took the Championship of the NSA Super One Day Madness in Statesville, North Carolina.
Starz teams are universally known for their sound fundamental defense and aggressive, opportunistic hitting. Our practices make use of traditional and cutting-edge individual and team drills devoted to basic diamond skills and concepts. Our players learn in a fast-paced, team-first environment where we strive to give them the skills, knowledge, and awareness to take their games to the highest levels. It's a fairly common sight to see our kids playing for championships on Sunday.
We invite you join us and watch our Starz come out and play!