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18211 Enterprise Lane
Huntington Beach, California,92648
Softball Connection is a 6,000 square foot indoor facility located in Huntington Beach, California. Our goal is to give the fastpitch player a chance to learn and develop more than just the mechanics of the game. We help you develop an approach to the game whi... more.
Softball Connection | Fastpitch Hitting, Pitching, Fielding
By Tony Rico
Please join us and listen to Tony address its myths and its realities. Host: Tony Rico Head Coach, Worth Firecrackers Owner, Softball Connection Check our website at www.softballconnection.net for information coming soon on our SLAPPER/SPEED AND AGILITY CAMP Dec. 21st and our DEFENSIVE SKILLS CAMP for infielders, outfielders and catchers on Dec 22nd, as well as some of the following speaking engagements where Tony will be making appearances and sharing his experience and knowledge. "As always, Tony did a fabulous job putting this together! What a great night for both pitchers and catchers.
Softball Connection | News
Tony Rico is speaking about good players being "the hunters" rather than "the hunted.
He's calling pitches "chances," swings "decisions" and softball "life" sliced up in scoreboard innings. Fluorescent yellow softballs spit from pitching machines inside three batting cages that run the width of the room. Teen-age girls take heavy-armed swings at bullet after bullet, their eyes narrow beneath their hard-plastic helmets, their attention lasting as long as one pitch. "Make good choices and you'll be successful," says Rico, the renown softball coach-philosopher-guru who's scuttling among the cages, sprinkling nuggets of wisdom on this hour's batting pupils. More than 250 players, from beginners to three-time Olympic softball gold medalists, travel from as far as the Bakersfield and Chandler, Ariz., to this hidden space to learn from Rico, 42, the owner of the Softball Connection instructional facility and the coach of the national powerhouse Worth Firecrackers Gold youth softball team. "I'm teaching life here," says Rico, who urges batters to think like a CEO running a Fortune 500 company, a veterinarian operating an office full of gimpy puppies or an Army sergeant needing to talk a terrified soldier out of foxhole. Tony Rico was born in Bellflower, racing into life "before the doctor could even get his shoes on" in the delivery room, his mother told him. The youngest of five children to Carmen, a full-time parent, and John, a construction worker and former Army sergeant, Rico discovered baseball at age 5. Succeeding in baseball was important to Rico because his father, a man "as stout as a linebacker and two of me," he says, had to forfeit his athletic dreams when he was drafted into the Army as a high school junior. His father never had diamond stories. He had war horrors, memories of ordering young men to "Die on your gun! when his troop came under fire in Iwo Jima. "Soldiers died around him," Rico said, his eyes drifting to a corner of his office where an American flag sits in a triangular glass case. "That's the flag from my father's funeral in 1998."
Softball Connection | Instructors
Tony Rico- Owner/Instructor- Tony's name is well known within the fastpitch circuit nationwide.
Beginning in the early 1990's, he devoted all his expertise and experience as a player and coach exclusively to training softball players. He took his unique style of training to Firecracker softball in 1991. We are currently taking applications for hitting lessons with Tony Rico. Go to the LESSONS page and fill out the registration form.
Softball Connection | Lessons
Instructor- Tony Rico
We are currently taking applications for hitting lessons with Tony Rico. Please fill out the registration form by clicking the button below.
Worth Firecrackers head coach Tony Rico, along with assistants John Drakes and Don Minard, have been named the 2007 NFCA Travel Ball National Coaching Staff of the Year, the association announced Tuesday.
Rico, Drakes and Minard will be honored at the 2007 NFCA National Convention in Las Vegas after guiding their team to the 2007 ASA Gold national championship following a second-place finish in 2006.