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Connecting with Charters: Sailing with the Sarasota Lady Sailors

The USSSA Pride’s Ashley Charters made her way down to Sarasota, Florida for a day of practice with the Sarasota Lady Sailors High School softball team.  The weather and breeze from the ocean set the scene for a great day of softball. Head coach of the Lady Sailors, Kelly Wilson was excited to have Ashley work out with her team for the day.  The practice started out with a couple segments of flip the tire which consisted of each softball player flipping a tire that weighs about 150 to 200lbs from third base to second.  This definitely set the tone for the practice itself Coach Wilson has a very disciplined group of girls who are hoping to win the state title this year after coming so close the year before.

Ashley Charters herself was able to jump in with the girls and try the intense warm-up which she said was a first but she greatly enjoyed the challenge. The girls on the team were very responsive to getting some extra pointers in the infield and slapping.  Since many of the girls on the team are hoping to attend college and play softball at some level the question and answer session proved to be the best part of the day.  Many of the girls asked questions surrounding Ashley’s college experience at the University of Washington and what it takes to succeed as a student foremost while juggling the demands of an athlete at such a level. The practice at Sarasota couldn’t of been more successful in terms of spreading softball opportunities available for young women today and promoting the National Pro Fastpitch.  Stay tuned for more adventures with Ashley Charters by following her on twitter @adcharters11 and Facebook .


About USSSA Florida Pride:

The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About NPF:

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit Also be sure to visit for the latest USSSA News!

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