In 2008, a group of young teenage girls and their parents came together to form a single 14U Maryland Black Ice fastpitch softball team that shared a common set of values: a love for the game; commitment to teamwork; dedication to sportsmanship and promise to always do their individual best! Today, the Maryland Back Ice fastpitch softball organization is a regionally recognized fastpitch softball program that fields 6 teams with over 80 players between the ages of 9 and 18.
We believe that our greatest contribution is in teaching young ladies the values of competition. Female student athletes graduate at a significantly higher rate (68%) and achieve higher grades than female students in general. Sports teach our daughters to take appropriate risk and to be aggressive when needed while increasing their self-esteem and helping them develop leadership skills. The Maryland Black Ice fastpitch softball program focuses on developing the total person, and not just the athlete. We do this through providing a healthy, productive and structured environment for our players to learn and compete in the game of fastpitch softball.
Our coaching staff offers state-of-the-art instruction in all aspects of the game. We stress the importance of all fundamental skills that are essential to success at the collegiate level. Our players also work with professional speed & strengthening coaches. For players who want to play at the next level, we work closely with them and their parents to develop player profiles and video skills packages that can be distributed to college coaches and aid in the recruiting process. Lastly, the team provides outreach to the coaching community through our website, player profiles, e-mails and telephone contact.
This degree of commitment demands tremendous levels of volunteerism and extensive financial support. We achieve the necessary funding through the following activities:
1. Player Fees: A nominal fee is requested from the player to cover the cost of uniforms and tournament fees; however, in hardship situations, the club sponsors players.
2. Personal Solicitations: Players send letters to family and friends to ask for donations.
3. Product Sales: Individual teams raise funds through organized activities such as selling cookie dough, home goods or coupon books.
4. Special Events: On an annual basis, each team normally conducts a car wash or a family & friend dinner.
5. College Showcase Clinic: On an annual basis, the Maryland Black Ice organization hosts a College Showcase Clinic and invites players from across the Northeast to showcase their skills to collegiate coaches (over 27 colleges attended the 2016 clinic on August 19 and 20). There was a fee to attend the showcase.
6. Fantasy Charity/Silent Auctions: From time-to-time, the Maryland Black Ice organization will host a dinner/auction to raise funds.
If you would like to join the Black Ice program and continue our effort in preparing our players to achieve their goal of playing softball at a collegiate level, please contact one of our coaches below.