During your trip in the greater Phoenix area, there will be opportunities to slip away from the tournament to enjoy the region’s unique flair and fun. Here are five activities to consider:
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN – Thousands of plant species and a riotous variety of color and texture make the Garden a rewarding destination; it’s always amazing to consider the mix of plants, flowers, trees and cacti that are natural, native inhabitants of Arizona.
SCOTTSDALE – If the mood strikes for a little culture, head to this northern suburb. The restaurants, shopping and art galleries are defined by the finer touches in appearance and style, offering a full-on break from the ballpark experience.
GOLF – If you love to play, your time in and around Phoenix puts you on the doorstep of hundreds of courses, suitable for beginners through experts. Should you get enough time away from the ballpark, tee it up, especially because the weather is ideal – this diversion is a lot more of a challenge in summertime.
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS – On the east side of the metro area sits the jagged, jaw-dropping beauty of the Superstition Mountains, home of numerous hiking trails that can be as challenging as you desire. During the Arizona Fall Showcase, you can tackle these powerfully gorgeous vistas at a great time of the year, when conditions make it a pleasurable journey.
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL – FREE to the public, and one of the best bluegrass festivals in Arizona, the Porter Barn Wood 4th Annual Bluegrass Festival and Open House is a great time to enjoy quality music, great food, and meet the people that build at Porter Barn Wood. Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
For more than 30 years, Rick Waye has been a fixture of softball excellence on the club scene, regularly training up the best players along the East Coast and directing them to bright careers in the college game.
Backed by his vision and connections, the Xtreme Fall Showcase and Camp (slated for Oct. 18-20, 2019 in Ewing NJ and Southampton, PA) has been a trusted highlight on the recruiting calendar and the preferred destination for many club programs:
-- Jeff Fischl (PA Outlaws, Lehigh Valley, PA)
No. 1, it’s got good quality teams. With the scheduling in the fall, they really work with me, if I need early games or late games, as I send about four or five teams (each time). They are very willing to work with you.
Rick, I talk to him often. He’s very personable. He’s an old-school guy, which I like. He doesn’t have any of his own kids on teams, just like my organization, and he’ll do anything for you. He’ll help you get a player recruited. If I’ve got a good ballplayer on my team, he’ll help me as well – he’s that kind of guy.
Triple Crown is excellent – this is one of the best showcases that my team participates in. Colleges are there, and they’re not just walking around, they are right there during the games, which goes back to the primary point of having good teams there. Any showcase tournament can have 200 teams, but if you have 175 crap teams, no one will come see it. Rick always brings the good teams, which brings the colleges, and that’s why we go there.
-- Kevin Matter (Lancaster 18u Independent)
Starting with the camp, I tell everyone it’s the best camp we ever did. We actually put our entire team into it because of that – the camp layout is great, because you’re on the field being coached by the college coaches. There’s no better way to expose the players. You’re out of your comfort zone (which is good); the goal of every club team is to be in front of college coaches, and Rick puts you there.
Rick always gets back to you; he’s quick, and we’ve never had any problems. They’ve always worked with us if we had scheduling conflicts and always made it work.
--Joe Salvatore (New Jersey Breakers, Freehold, NJ)
We are always in the “power” side of the bracket, so the competition is great. The field locations and the fields themselves are very good to play on. They’re in close proximity to each other, which is really fun because the college coaches don’t have to jump from one complex to another or speed off in a golf cart to watch another game. It’s well attended by college coaches.
Any tournament I’ve ever worked in, and I’ve been around a long time, I’ve never seen a tournament better-run than how Rick Waye runs them. He takes care of the coaches, the college coaches, he works with you on scheduling, and he’s so easy to deal with. On top of that, he’s always there. If you do have any trouble, you go find Rick, and the problem goes away. There are very few problems, but if there is, it’s handled.
Typically, we put a minimum of three teams in this at 18’s; we get eight or nine players signed in that tournament every year between the three teams.
For more information, contact Carrie Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 672-0508.
Click here -- Xtreme Showcase, Oct. 18-20
In the big spaces and under the big sky of Anchorage, Alaska, Triple Crown Sports is ready to deliver a ground-breaking fastpitch event.
Slated for August 2-4, 2019, the Great Alaska Showcase will be a college-coach fueled camp/clinic featuring three days of instruction in the morning and controlled scrimmages in the afternoon. For players of recruitable age, it’s a chance to sharpen skills with college coaches on site, and thus not requiring a long trip to the Lower 48 to be recruited.
For younger players, it’s a learning opportunity done at the tempo and with the tenacity expected of players as they grow in the sport. Triple Crown pioneered the coach-driven clinic back in the late 1990s and has a vast list of contacts throughout the college softball world.
The Great Alaska Showcase is done in partnership with Mike Jolin of the AK Krush fastpitch club, which has teams at 10u, 12u, 14u and 16u. The camp is essentially the next evolution for area fastpitch, a sport that has enjoyed remarkable growth – Krush teams at the older ages make multiple trips southward for recruiting purposes.
“This event will allow them and all other Alaska fastpitch players an opportunity to be seen in our hometown without spending thousands of dollars to travel,” Jolin said. “I'm hopeful we can make this a huge success and do it annually. I'm also hopeful families on the West Coast that always wanted to travel to Alaska will come up for the camp and then vacation.”
Triple Crown’s other dedicated Showcase events are held in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia. For more information on these sessions and the Great Alaska Showcase, click here: TCS Fastpitch Showcase