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About SPY Softball:

SPY provides reports on major ASA, PONY and other 18-U girls fastpitch softball tournaments, including national championships, and exposure tournaments like the Boulder Independence Day tournament, Colorado Fireworks Aurora, the Team New Jersey, Plantation, Pennsbury. and Rock Hill tournaments, the Batbuster and Firecracker tournaments, Champions Cup, etc. SPY also reports on major college tournaments, including the Women’s College World Series, NFCA leadoff, Palm Springs, Fiesta and Garman classics, other college tournaments and season competition. SPY covered the Olympics in 2004 and 2008, and other international competitions, such as the Canada Cup.  SPY reports have proven recruiting links to college coaches, enabling them to identify prospects they might not have seen, and to corroborate their own assessments.  All SPY reports are written by Rayburn Hesse, accredited by IOC, USOC, ISF, NCAA, ASA, NFCA. SPY is a chartered non-profit 501C3 company, primarily funded by Mr. Hesse.

About Rayburn Hesse:

Rayburn began following fastpitch softball over 20 years ago when his youngest daughter, Allison, started playing the sport.  He began writing SPY Softball over 10 years ago, and in that time has become one of the most respected voices in the softball community.  Though most days he’s in front of his computer writing for SPY and answering emails, Rayburn prefers to be at the ballfields – seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and watching the game he’s grown to love so much.

Rayburn retired from the State Department in 1999 and currently resides in McLean, VA with his cocker spaniel, Sammy.