Maryland Black Ice is looking for softball players between the ages of 9-14 that are looking to improve their skills and take their game to the next level. Whether you are a new player or a rec/travel player, you will learn new skills and step up your game, all while making new friends, in a fun atmosphere. If you’re a travel or rec coach looking to expand and or have players interested in participating bring them along. If you are a parent looking to break into coaching at this level we have a spot for you. Practices will focus on building skills and understanding the game of softball.
Instruction will be led by former NCAA D1 player and coach Kathy McLaughlin. Kathy was an All-Conference player at the University of Maryland, ACC batting Champion, and played in 3 NCAA tournaments. She went on to become an assistant coach at D1 Providence College for 6 years. In addition Kathy has helped lead the Maryland Black Ice Elite Skills camps for the past 8 years. Guest college coaches and players will be added to the practices as we move forward. There is no one better to teach you the skills you need to realize your dream of playing in high school or college.
Sign up today by following this link (9-14 Clinic Registration)
If you have questions please contact:
Rick Larmore at email@example.com or call 410.493.0099.
Megan Hamp selects Stevenson University
After graduating from Sparrows Point High School this spring, Megan Hamp will attend Stevenson University. The academics and the coach are what convinced Megan to select Stevenson. The opportunities and the types of degrees and courses are what initially attracted her to the school. Megan says of the Mustangs coach “The coach was also so helpful and showed so much interest in me”.
Hamp is currently in her 4th year as a varsity starter at 3rd base for Sparrows Point High School. She received an honorable mention in her sophomore season and was named 1st Team All-County and 2nd Team All-Metro during her junior year. Megan is an active member of her school community as a member of 3 honors societies, and also serving as class secretary.
Megan’s primary position for Black Ice is 3rd base, but she is also able to fill in at the other infield positions when necessary. Her experience as a softball has taught her that “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference between an athletes success and an athletes failure”.
Sarah Spaeth will attend the Catholic University of America
Sarah Spaeth plans to study in the Busch School of Business at Catholic University. Sarah’s search for a high academic liberal arts college was realized after visits for camp and admissions events. “Each time I visited, I was learning something new and envisioning myself there.” Internship opportunities, the Catholic identity and engaged community also factored into her decision to choose Catholic University.
Sarah was inducted into the White Blazer Society at John Carroll School after earning seven varsity letters in three years. Besides being a 4-year varsity starter and 2-year captain for the softball team, Spaeth also played varsity volleyball and was a member of the swim team. John Carroll won the IAMM “A” Conference softball championship in 2017 and Sarah was named All-Harford County second team in 2018.
Earning a 4.3 cumulative GPA at John Carroll, Sarah’s academic honors include National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Archbishop John Carroll Service Honor Society. Sarah is also active in several clubs, including Patriot Hospitality Group, Romero Service Club and she is a Peer Leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Sarah joined the Black Ice in 2016 and while primarily a third baseman, she has also played outfield and shortstop. “ I am grateful to play for a competitive organization like Maryland Black Ice. The culture of working to get better every day has helped me become an overall smarter and better player. I have really enjoyed bonding with my teammates and the coaches!”
Kaylin Johnson chooses Widener University
Selecting Widener was an easy decision for Kaylin after visiting the campus and spending some time with the softball team. She credits the Philadelphia location among the reasons she chose Widener. “It’s close to where my mom grew up and I love that area.” Other deciding factors are the strong academics and a strong connection to the softball coach.
Kaylin has been a 4-year varsity starter on the North Harford High School softball team. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and maintains a 4.375 GPA.
Kaylin has spent the past 5 years playing centerfield and second base for the Black Ice. “Maryland Black Ice has helped me become the person and player that I am today. Playing for MBI has allowed me to play softball at a high level and make lasting friendships along the way. I am very excited I have come this far and am excited for the future.”
Camps & Clinics:
Miranda Burton heading to Notre Dame of Maryland
The beautiful campus and proximity to her home helped sell Miranda Burton on Notre Dame of Maryland University. She says it was the very strong nursing program, a must-have for her, that was able to seal the deal. Miranda has spent the past 5 seasons in the Black Ice program.
Burton is a 4-year starter on varsity for Eastern Technical High School. Miranda has been an integral member of a Mavericks team that have been County Champions, Regional Champions and State Finalists during her high school career. During that time she was named 1st team All-County Catcher, was awarded the Minds in Motion Award, and is a member of the honor roll.
Miranda has primarily been a catcher for the Maryland Black Ice during her 5 years in the program. She showed her versatility by also filling in as an infielder and outfielder when needed. Miranda says of her time with Black Ice "Playing for MBI has allowed me to grow as both a player and a person, and the memories I have created will live with me forever.”
MD Black Ice program inquiries (interested in camps, coaching, or bringing a team to our program):
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