The mission of the Spikes Softball Club is to develop and prepare young women to play the game of softball at the highest possible level in high school and beyond. We accomplish this mission by offering a high-level travel program for ages nine to eighteen. Our program's coaches are dedicated, experienced, and share a common core of values as outlined in our policies and statement of principles.
Spikes Softball accomplishes its mission by teaching its players certain fundamental principles required for success in softball and in life:
TEAM: Spikes put team first. The club believes that learning to be a good teammate is a crucial part of the overall development of the individual player.
SISTERHOOD: Spikes have each others' backs and support their teammates through good times and bad. While not all Spikes will become friends, many will develop relationships that last a lifetime.
DISCIPLINE: Spikes display good softball discipline. Our coaches demand certain actions on the field; e.g., running on and off the field, sprinting out of the batter's box, no arguing with umpires, no show-boating, no showing up others, no throwing of equipment and no use of profanity. Spikes are also expected to clean up after themselves and to leave their dugouts cleaner than they found them.
INTELLIGENCE: Spikes learn the finer points of the game. As softball players develop, the mental aspects of the game become more and more important and will create a competitive edge if learned and applied properly.
RESPECT: Softball has been around for many years. Over time, the game has become a way of passing on important values and traditions from one generation to the next. Spikes respect the history of the sport and realize that the game is larger than any individual. As a result, Spikes are expected to play the game with a combination of humility and confidence, always bringing their best attitude and effort to the field.
The Spikes are proud to hail from Canton, Ohio, home of legendary Yankee Catcher Thurman Munson. For the Spikes, Thurman Munson embodied many of the traits we hope to instill in our players. The seven-time All-Star and team captain (first since Lou Gehrig) was known for his grit, determination and leadership. Munson was known as a 'team first" player, putting the interests of his team ahead of his own. Because of his approach, Thurman Munson became the undisputed heart and soul of a Yankee team that won three pennants and two World Series before his untimely death in 1979. Please take a moment to read the two articles below.