Charlotte Starz Travel Fastpitch Softball

The Charlotte Starz 14-U TriangleFrom humble beginnings in 2006 as a single 8-U tournament team based out of the former West Mecklenburg Athletic Association's recreational program, the Charlotte Starz players and coaches built a recognizable brand as the organization grew to as many 10 teams throughout the state.  The Starz reputation for agressive, fundamentally-sound, winning softball was built around that original 8-U team which, over a rewarding 10-year journey, became the Starz 18-U Elite.  Although only one player from that original team played with the Starz for all 10 years, the high school graduating class of 2015 had two 9 year Starz players and a number of kids who spent many years in the organization.  This group paved the way for the Starz growth and helped form one the best regional travel ball organizations in the Carolinas.

The goal of the Starz leadership was to build a long-lasting organization where player development and competition came first.  Unfortunately, the travel ball landscape changed significantly over the decade.  National showcase teams sprung up in the Carolinas, financialy fed by rapid expansion throughout all age groups.  And the number of independent teams seemed to grow as well, squeezing major regional organizations like the Starz.  With no desire to turn quality coaching and player development into a business, the Starz made the unexpected and unfortunate decision to cease operations at the conclusion of 2016.

For now, we will simply sit back and watch the 13 players whom we helped achieve the dream of playing college softball at one of the fine institutions below.  And we will look forward to the day, perhaps not too far in the future, when one of the members of that cornerstone high school class of 2015 is ready to lead their own Starz team onto the field and resume a journey, and a vision, that they helped shape.

North Carolina Elon Barton Gardner-Webb Liberty
Meredith College Avenging Angels
Wingate Winston-Salem State Virginia Tech Meredith Furman

 

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