Connecting with Charters: Cruising to another level

The entire Cruiser travel softball organization and some of the other local travel teams in the area turned out for an exciting evening filled with some question and answer time with the USSSA Pride’s Ashley Charters and Sonya Montoya, the Pride’s athletic trainer.  The turnout was a great start to the weekend promoting the game of softball in the Martin County area.  Parents and coaches also came out to hear some good advice on Charter’s experiences playing softball in college and in the National Pro Fastpitch.  Montoya was also asked to speak to parents and coaches on a few helpful tips geared toward nutrition and staying healthy while playing softball.

Following the Q and A time, Charters was able to give a hitting demonstration on proper bunting, slapping, and hitting.  The opportunity gave the local coaches and parents a great deal of feedback on what they are teaching their teams and the importance of teaching good technique early in order to form good habits in the box.

Following the hitting demonstration, there was plenty of time for all the young softball players to get autographs, USSSA Pride season schedules, and meet their favorite USSSA Pride player, Ashley Charters.  The turnout and positive feedback from parents and kids alike show the need to continue reaching out to the surrounding Florida softball community to promote the National Pro Fastpitch so the young girls of today will have a place to play in the future.

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!