4 years ago a group of 18U girls decided that they wanted to commit themselves to becoming the best they could be. They worked hard, played hard and competed with the best in the country. This was the beginning of The Illinois Bash Softball program. The original group of players earned the respect of the softball community for their ability to compete and work hard. Their commitment also garnered themselves attention from very reputable colleges. The Illinois Bash Softball program originally started with one team and has since grown to 7 teams.
The Illinois Bash Softball program is designed to empower players and families with the knowledge and skills necessary to use softball as a tool to get the best possible college education possible. As a program, we accomplish this by teaching the players the necessary skills to compete at the highest levels against the best competition across the country while molding their character into something universities and colleges want.
The Illinois Bash program has been able to assist over 28 players use their athletic ability to get a great education. Many of these players may not have gone to college if not for softball. Many of these same athletes are close to becoming doctors, engineers, nurses, teachers and coaches.
We provide year round training in all aspects of the game of softball. We focus on teaching the players what it means to compete and the sacrifice and effort needed to be successful in softball and how to utilize those same skills in everyday life.
We are constantly working with the players and families to understand the college recruiting process and the opportunities that are available to them. We give them the knowledge from our experiences and work with them through the recruiting process. It is then up to the players to utilize this to find the best college opportunity for them.
It is important for the players to understand the importance of giving back to their community so we have the players participate in various community service projects like "Feed My Starving Children", "St. Leonard’s Ministries" and "Special Olympics".
The phenomenal growth was exhilarating and has validated that we are doing things right but the rapid growth was unexpected. We were not financially prepared for all of the unexpected costs associated with a program this large. We need to find a way to bridge the current financial shortage until we can implement our plan for the 2013-2014 season.
Through the hard work of many volunteers we have refurbished a warehouse that we rent and utilize year round for seminars, training, clinics, lessons and practices for all 7 teams. We did not plan for the wear and tear our facility has taken and we desperately need to replace the flooring that was donated. It is becoming unsafe for the players because of the wear and has begun to impede on the natural maturation of some of the
girls softball ability.
We want to keep this program going and can’t expect the parents to bear the entire cost of this program. We need your generous financial support to help us continue to empower female athletes and help mold them into great student-athletes.