Looking to the Future

~  Every accomplishment begins with a decision to try.  ~

Some of  Trouble had the opportunity to travel to Denton,Tx and watch a double header between Texas Woman’s University and Eastern New Mexico.

It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining …blue skies … a great day for softball.

But, the thing that made this day so special was our girls being able to see what can happen when you work hard and follow your dreams. You see, they were watching 4 former East Texas Trouble players on the collegiate stage.

Many people do not realize that our girls have an amazing group of young women to look up to. These young athletes provide a wonderful example of perseverance , positive attitudes and what it takes to accomplish your goals.

The “BIG TROUBLE” team provided the spring board for young Trouble to launch their dreams and ambitions into reality by setting up a solid foundation of coaching, practice styles and a family oriented organization.

 These young women visited with “little Trouble” between games and introduced them to their Pioneer teammates. They shared a great meal and at the end of the day, said their goodbyes.

Thank you for showing these girls that goals can be reached if you are wiling to work for them. For being a great example of friendship, family and teammates.

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~ Softball goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance ~

-Felicity Lucky 

McGuire Sports Academy

DSC_0018-001Every athlete needs a great support group to help them on the journey to achieve their dreams. Our Trouble family has found an amazing woman to help our girls on their way, as she has become a vital part of that support group.

Her name is Mari McGuire. Mari runs the McGuire Sports Academy located in Weatherford, Texas. A few months ago, some of our girls had the opportunity to work with her while at The College Softball Camp in Covington, La. She wore our girls out with her speed and conditioning program. However, she also made a lasting impression on each of them, pushing them to work hard and not give up, even as their bodies screamed for them to do so.

We have had the opportunity to work with her twice in the last 3 months, each time, driving up to Weatherford for a day of conditioning training. Our girls have taken what they have learned and incorporated it into their daily routineDSC_0046s and weekly practices. Daily routines include 5 min of planking and 5 min of jump rope. These simple daily personal workouts have made our girls stronger athletes.

But, they haven’t stopped there. At our weekly Sunday practice, our girls also participate in a conditioning work out 2 hours before regular ball practice begins. Both routine and weekly workouts are pushing our girls to be their best. Mari McGuire has inspired competitiveness in our girls and, as a result, the girls have begun to push each other to be better. She also brings laughter and excitement to a workout that can, otherwise, be grueling.

We are soDSC_0081-001 thankful that we have such an amazing woman working with our organization to further our girls athleticism and to ground them in the heartfelt belief that great things can be achieved only through great effort.

Praying over our girls as she ends each session, she shows them not only strength, but gives them a wonderful example of strength and courage, and the positive mental attitude that attends these attributes.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the McGuire Sports Academy – you should DSC_0036-001jump at the chance. Mari McGuire has been one the best finds and has truly become an asset to our organization.

Thank you Mari for all that you do! And thank you for teaching our girls to WORKHARD!

 

GROUND BREAKING !!!

East Texas TROUBLE was grateful to be able to be a part of the ground breaking ceremonies of the Gladewater Youth Baseball/Softball Complex!

This is where ETT will call home. We are so happy to be a part of a community that is taking great strides to cultivate the youth in the area. Not only will TROUBLE call these fields home, these fields will also provide a great space for high school tournaments and give all the local rec ball teams a new facility to call their own. DSC_0088 DSC_0069DSC_0061DSC_0066Here’s to new memories to be made.

And a huge THANK YOU to the community for caring so much about not only the kids that will be playing on these fields next spring, but for providing a place for all future generations to chase their dreams.

Chasing that Little Yellow Ball

It’s that time of year again. The sun is trying to shine and we are all trying to stay dry. Our girls were able to finally get out on to the fields and play some ball and enjoy some time together.

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Our girls performed great on the fields in Kilgore and Longview.

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As we enter our Showcase Tournament Season, we look forward to making many more memories and gaining ground as these girls push forward on the road to achieving their dreams.  With each tournament they play – the more they fall in love with this great sport .

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Here’s to a great spring season.

To many more smiles.

To winning games, great throw downs, those strikes that catch the corners

and to winning the battle at the plate.

To encouraging these girls to not only be amazing athletes, but amazing people.

ULM Warhawks meet Trouble

Trouble was able to spend this last Sunday on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus. Our girls were able to attend the Winter Skills camp put on by the ULM Warhawks Softball Team.

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They not only got to work on their softball skills, they were also able to get a tour of the campus. They were able to work with the ULM players on fielding, hitting and position work.  All the girls played in games, teams being made up of campers from all over the country.

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All their hard work and dedication showed as they came together with all the other campers and showed off their skills. They bonded not only with the other girls but had a wonderful talking and visiting with the Coach and players at ULM.

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Hard work and dedication will take you everywhere you want to go. Thank you Warhawks for showing our girls a wonderful time and letting them see what they are working so hard to become.

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Trouble at Covington 2015

We were so proud to have 4 of our Trouble girls be able to attend The College Softball Camp in Covington, LA. They all preformed greatly within the groups they trained in.  They worked hard through hours of conditioning with Mari MacGuire from  Weatherford,Tx.

DSC_0842 DSC_0874 DSC_0046Through planking and lunges – learning how to run properly – bear crawls and squat jumps, our girls stayed up front. Volunteering to lead groups and encouraging those that struggled with the task before them.

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39 colleges were represented at the camp. Our girls were able to get individual critiques from coaches on basic mechanics and individual position work.

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Our catcher and pitcher got quite the workout as well. They were timed and critiqued by college coaches. Working together as a team, helping push each other to be the best players and team mates they can be.

All in all – our girls performed at top level and learned so much at this camp. We are so proud of the dedication and hard work that our girls showed.

 

Way to go TROUBLE !

ETT 2nd PlaceEast Texas TROUBLE placed 2nd in the Fall Brawl Tournament on September 6.

TROUBLE arrived at the tournament at 8:30 Saturday morning and left with the 2nd place trophy around 9:30 that night. They played hard and with heart. TROUBLE came back in the last inning of  the semi-finals – down by 6 to win it 9-8. Battling through heat and fatigue they left it all on the field and headed to the Championship game.

Proud of every one of these young ladies and their determination to be their best on and off the field.

TROUBLE’S next tournament is September 20th in Shreveport, LA.