2011 Team TFS Year-end Update

It is hard to believe that our tournaments are finished for the year. We have had some great development, growth and progress this year with all of our Team TFS Texas teams. There have been a lot of outstanding efforts by families to help our organization be successful this year and I want thank everyone for all they have done. For those who are not be familiar with our Team TFS Texas Mission, Vision and Values, here they are:

Mission: “Help young ladies get an education in life skills through softball”

Vision: Create professional development opportunities for young ladies by challenging them to grow mentally/physically and incorporating the best aspects of different cultures (combining Asian discipline with U.S. analytical thinking) into our training. We prepare young leaders to be successful contributors in society.

Values: Commitment, Discipline, Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Mental Toughness

We have had some great accomplishments this year. We have professional coaches for every team in the organization. We are able to leverage organizational volumes for buying power to keep equipment, uniform and spirit gear costs low. Each team has benefited from team clinics that Coach Bastian provided. In addition, Coach Bastian was able to coach each of the teams in tournament play to help them expand the girls thinking and mental approach to the game. Our big sister/littler sister program has created some great mentoring relationships and generated quite a bit of good interaction between the 12U and 18U teams. We opened a new indoor training center to help with growth and development. A lot of parents volunteered their time to construct, paint and clean, as well as donate furniture and other key items to make the training center more professional. Teams donated their time to help the GBSA recreation teams, sharing practice ideas and tips.Team TFS hosted a college coaches camp in July and it was a resounding success. The 12U team is playing up in 14U tournaments and competing with 14U teams. There was a spring 12U player that earned a spot on the 16U roster in the fall. We also had our first 12U player hit a homerun over a 200 foot fence. The 16U team won the VTD World Series in Forney and is currently ranked 4th of all 16U VTD teams. The 18U team had its seniors receive multiple D1 full ride scholarship offers and two seniors signed NLIs this fall – the first two for this organization. The 18U team finished strong with a 2nd place finish in the Grand Prairie tournament, which also elevated them to a tie for 2nd place of all 18U VTD teams. Team TFS will be the first travel ball team ever to be represented at the NFCA Convention trade show. Team TFS will also host a Fiesta at the NFCA Convention for the college coaches to build and strengthen our college coach network and build our brand. The 18U team was accepted into the Pennsbury Tournament next June which has a limited field of 64 teams – over 168 applied. This tournament is the best showcase in the Northeast part of the country (230 college coaches attended last year). Our various committees are helping drive our vision.

The year is not over. We will work on agility, fitness and mental skills training during December. Coach Monti is establishing an agility and fitness program that can be used by all teams during their practice time slots in December. We have also acquired a copy of the Ice Box Athlete Mental Skills & Toughness Training Pack to be used for all Team TFS Texas athletes at these December practices as well. Every day we are seeking to improve our player development. I am excited about our progress, I am even more excited about what we plan to do this next year to improve our program.

I enjoyed the attached article and thought you might enjoy reading it as well. There are a few key points that I think we measure up pretty well on in terms of where we are taking the organization:

1) go big or go home
2) the character of our people (players, parents, coaches) is critical to our success
3) preparation leads to confidence
4) lack of vision and movement means you are not a leader

Thank you all for a great year. I appreciate all the volunteer hours and efforts to make this organization and our teams better. I want to wish you all a great Holiday Season with your family! This is a good time to recharge our batteries and reflect on things for next year.