9-23-10 September 23 Update




Long-time Carolina Cardinal Coach Ray Chandler, an institution in the game especially in the South, passed away at 130am Thursday.  Ray fell ill while attending the ESPN Rise Premier tournament in Irvine in August, and had been in intensive care in a California hospital.  Funeral arrangements will be posted on the Cardinals website: www.carolinacardinals.com.

Ray was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year, with this posting:

  Ray Chandler inducted into North Carolina Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame/Hall of HonorRay Chandler of Tobaccoville, NC has been inducted into the North Carolina Amateur Softball Association’s Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor for his significant contributions to the Amateur Softball Association program in the state. Chandler began his coaching career in 1984 with the King Little League where he coached in the girls’ division for six years. He served as the Allstar Coach of the girls’ division for several years. In 1989 Chandler founded the Carolina Cardinals, the oldest continuous ASA girls’ fastpitch softball organization in North Carolina. Chandler is still at the helm of this organization, teaching the players and guiding the program. He has also served as softball coach at Starmount High School, West Stokes High School, West Forsyth High School, and currently coaches softball at Ronald W. Reagan High School.According to Chandler, “Life lessons are taught in many different arenas. Sports is one of them. These lessons include teamwork and what it means to be a team player; keeping commitments; being dependable; working hard while having fun; meeting challenges; keeping a positive attitude; winning and losing gracefully; being supportive of teammates; good sportsmanship; respect for others; and representing yourself and your family well. Young people involved in well-coached sports can take these lessons and the confidence they gain through their participation into every aspect of their lives”.Chandler measures the success of his coaching not by the win/loss column but by watching his players grow and develop into young people confident and capable of making good life decisions using what he has helped to teach. Chandler has played an active role in more than 80 softball players receiving college scholarships or signing a National Letter of Intent to play softball at the collegiate level. The soft-spoken coach refuses to take credit for any of the successes his players have enjoyed. “A player who works hard and attracts the interest of the college coaches and subsequently signs a National Letter of Intent to play in college earns the right to feel proud of her accomplishments,” he says.According to Bert Weeks, former Commissioner of the North Carolina Amateur Softball Association, inductees into the Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor reflect the cream of the crop in North Carolina softball. “The outstanding contributions made over the years by the inductees have made and continue to make a major impact on softball in North Carolina. In every age group, from the oldest adult programs to the youngest youth levels, these inductees have made major contributions to the growth and quality of the N.C. ASA softball program. The character and dedication of these inductees are to be commended, and we applaud their efforts.”



Volume 20 has been published, and we are preparing Volume 21 for publication next week on www.spysoftballthemagazine.com.

We want to feature reader opinions in response to two questions.  Please limit your comments to 200 words, and identify yourself as college, travel ball, highschool, player, or parent.  Please submit your comments to SPY by September 30.  So as to avoid overloading our regular email address, send your comments to: spysoftball@aol.com.

Question 1: Should the NCAA adopt the recommendation of its legislative committee to prohibit verbal commitments before July 1 of a player’s junior-senior summer?

Question 2: Should a minimum of $1 of each player’s annual ASA membership fee be set aside exclusively to sponsor USA national teams?

Brakettes Announce Alumnae Weekend 2011!!!
(press release) The 2010 season is still fresh on the minds of Brakette fans everywhere, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to next year. The Brakettes are busy planning Alumnae Weekend 2011 and we want your help! We are gathering contact info on all former Brakettes, in hopes of attracting as many as possible to what we hope will become an annual event.

There is a link to Alumnae Weekend 2011 at www.brakettes.com, up in the top right corner on the homepage. If you are a former Brakette, please go to the link and send us the requested contact info. If you know how to reach any former players, please contact us as well.

Events at the 2011 Alumnae Weekend will include an Old-Timers’ Game, Brakettes’ Reunion Dinner and other surprises. If you have ideas for the weekend, please e-mail us at reunion@stratfordbrakettes.com.

The word is already out on Facebook, but you can play a big part in helping this event be successful. Please pass the word along and help us bring the Brakette family closer together. Also, feel free to contact us if you would like to help with the planning of Alumnae Weekend 2011. The event is being headed up by Brakettes’ team photographer Kathy Gage, but your help will also be appreciated.

E-mail any questions or comments regarding Alumnae Weekend 2011 to reunion@stratfordbrakettes.com.

The Fast-pitch School and UTC Softball Present

TFS Fall Expo Clinic and Scrimmage

Saturday-Sunday November 13-14 2010, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

This clinic is designed for Women softball players 8th-12th grade and

Women softball players entering their sophomore year at Junior College ONLY.

Cost is $95.00 per player     

Hosted at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Indoor Practice Facility and Frost Stadium/Warner Park

Featured Instructors:

Frank Reed

Head Coach

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (NCAA DI)

Chris Kuhlmeyer

Head Coach

Belmont University (NCAA DI)

Brad Irwin

Head Coach

East Tennessee State University (NCAA DI)

Tory Acheson

Head Coach

Tennessee Tech University (NCAA DI)

(Other coaches and staff will be added throughout the fall. A mass invitation

will be sent to other college coaches to attend, observe, and evaluate the live


The clinic will feature offensive and defensive instruction in the morning

followed by LIVE scrimmage in the afternoon for evaluation. The clinic is

designed for instructional and personal interaction between each player and

coach in the instructional and scrimmage sessions

For more information and to register contact Lee Dobbins at (423) 425-2109 or

email at Lee-Dobbins@utc.edu and supply name, position, year in school, address, phone,

email and if you are a letter/award winner.  (Clinic will be capped at 60

participants). Bylaw Attendance Restriction states that a member institution’s

sports camp or clinic shall be open to any and all entrants (limited only by

number, age, grade level and/or gender).


2010 College Exposure Tournament- October

22-24th at Mid America West Sports Complex in Shawnee, Kansas (20200 Johnson

Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218 ) AND now we will be also using Blue Valley Recreation

Complex-  (9701 W. 137th St., Overland Park, KS 66221 )

Since this tournament is so large (As of September 21st—-125 Club teams from 

9 states are represented -Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South

Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Minnesota).  We are using 2 complexes for this

tournament .

Look Who is Coming List of teams for this tournament :



exposure tournament in Virginia Beach with 25 Gold and

Premier teams playing at CityView Park. The tournament site is

www.eteamz.com/legendarysportscom , some of the teams are VA Legends Gold,

Vienna Stars, Shamrocks, Ashburn Shooting Stars, NJ Mystics, NJ Intensity

Premier and Gold, Wagners, TNT, Triangle Lightning, Glory Gold, and many others.


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